* 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 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 programing.

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.

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 local food. 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 $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 – $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 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.