* Deadline Extended to January 21, 2021 *

AGRI Farm to School Grants support Minnesota school districts that want to process and serve Minnesota agricultural products. The Full Tray Grant is intended for school districts that have some Farm to School experience.

The amount of funding each school district is eligible for is based on the number of reimbursable lunches and breakfasts served in October 2019, using this formula: meals served x 10 cents x 10 months. The maximum award that a school district may apply for is $35,000; the minimum is $2,500.

Example: (7,500 reimbursable lunches + 5,000 breakfasts) x $0.10 x 10 months = $12,500

Eligible Applicants

Public or private schools or school districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and serve food to K-12 students are eligible to apply. We encourage school districts serving sovereign nations to apply.

Schools just starting a Farm to School program should apply for the AGRI Farm to School Mini Bite Grant.

Eligible procurement items include but are not limited to:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meats, Fish, Poultry
  • Dairy (excluding fluid milk)
  • Eggs
  • Grains

Amounts Available

We anticipate awarding up to $374,000 to reimburse school districts for purchasing Minnesota grown and raised foods used in school meal programs. Funding for these programs comes from the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program (Minnesota Statute 41A.12).

  • Schools may apply for $2,500 – $35,000.
  • A 50 percent cash match is required.
  • We ask that you only request the amount of funding you think you can spend within the grant period (approximately February 2021 – August 2022).

Applying

We will accept applications until 4 p.m. Friday, January 21, 2021. Apply through our online application system.

Read the Request for Proposals (PDF) for all eligibility and requirements.

Questions and Answers

Here are some common questions and answers about this grant. If you have additional questions, please email Lisa Sawyer and we will post the answers here.