The AGRI Farm to School First Bite Mini Grant is intended to be an intentional learning process for school districts that have little to no experience with local procurement as part of a Farm to School program.

The amount a school district may apply for is a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $5,000 and there is no match required.

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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 with a well-established Farm to School program should apply for the AGRI Farm to School Full Tray Grant.

Eligible Projects

Projects must focus on intentional, high-impact Farm to School efforts that highlight Minnesota grown and raised foods. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Great Lakes Apple Crunch
  • Local food taste test
  • Farm to School Month October Meal with local food features
  • Minnesota Thursdays
  • Lunch with a farmer

Amounts Available

We anticipate awarding up to $748,000 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.

  • Schools may apply for $2,500 – $5,000.
  • There is no cash match.
  • We ask that you only request the amount of funding you think you can spend within the grant period (approximately January 2022 – August 2023).

Applying

Applications are due no later than 4:00 pm Central Time on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Read the full Request for Proposals (RFP) for eligibility and requirements and apply online.

If you need the application in an alternative format, please contact the program administrator. You can also view the list of past projects and request a copy of an application to help you prepare.

Equipment Purchases

In addition to applying for the AGRI Farm to School First Bite Mini Grant, applicants may also apply for up to $25,000 for equipment purchases. Both First Bite and Full Tray Grant applicants must match the equipment portion of their grant on a 1:1 basis. Equipment requests may include the cost of equipment, shipping, and associated installation costs and must support Farm to School initiatives.