Application Part A—Farmer Information

Complete the farmer information section and answer the yes/no eligibility and demographic questions using the definitions below. Note: Applicant name must match the purchaser of the land.


Minnesota Resident means the applicant has established a permanent home within Minnesota’s borders and has no present intention of moving outside the state.

Good Standing with the State of Minnesota:

  • No back taxes owed.
  • No defaults on Minnesota State-backed financing for the last seven years.
  • Acceptable performance on past MDA grants.
  • Compliant with current state regulations.

Direct Ownership is when an individual is the direct owner of farmland, shareholder in an operation that includes farmland, or the beneficiary of a life estate that includes farmland. Indirect Ownership is any interest or traceable interest in farmland.

Emerging Farmers include farmers or aspiring farmers who are women, veterans, persons with disabilities, American Indian or Alaskan Natives, members of a community of color, young (35 and younger), lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA+), urban (reside in cities with a population over 5,000 or within the boundaries of federally recognized tribal land regardless of population size), and any other emerging farmers as determined by the commissioner.

Application Part B – Purchase Information

Complete the farmland purchase information section with as many details as you have for the land you intend to purchase. If you do not have some this information, you may leave questions blank; however, you will need to be prepared with all this information and close on your farmland purchase within 6 months if your application is approved. If your grant application is approved, you will also need to provide copies of:

  • Purchase agreement
  • Schedule F or signed statement claiming no farm sales to report
  • Loan estimates or other proof of secured financing
  • Other documentation required as needed to ensure the applicant qualifies for this program

The MDA’s Rural Finance Authority will award these grants using a random lottery process, with preference given to emerging farmers. Approvals will remain valid for purchases closing within 6 months or until June 30, 2024, whichever is sooner.

Privacy Notice: The information provided by an applicant will be used to assess the applicant’s eligibility to receive a Down Payment Assistance Grant from the MDA. The decision to apply for this grant is voluntary, and applicants are not legally required to provide any of the requested information. Applicants may decline to complete this application without any legal consequence. However, only completed applications will be considered for a grant; incomplete applications will not be considered.

Access to private or nonpublic data provided as part of this application is limited to those authorized by law, including but not necessarily limited to MDA staff and contractors with a valid work assignment to access the data, parties authorized by the applicant, parties identified in a valid court order or federal subpoena, Minnesota Management and Budget, Minnesota Department of Administration, the state auditor, and the legislative auditor. If necessary, the MDA may also share the data with law enforcement or the Office of the Attorney General.

Status message

Applications and the waitlist are closed for the first round of funding. The second round will re-open on July 1, 2023.