The Rapid Response Mini-Grant for Livestock Processing helps processors and certain producers respond to market issues causes by COVID-19. The program aims to increase slaughter, processing, and storage capacity for livestock products until existing markets return or new markets are developed.

Eligible Applicants

Minnesota meat, poultry, egg, and milk processors and Minnesota livestock producers who need increased storage capacity for processed products until existing markets return or new markets are developed may apply.

Meat processors must be one of the following:

  • USDA inspected slaughter and/or processing plant that is adding capacity
  • Minnesota “Equal To” slaughter and/or processing plant that is adding capacity
  • Licensed custom exempt slaughter plant that is adding “Equal To” slaughter
  • Licensed custom exempt slaughter plant that is adding capacity

Businesses must be in operation at the time they apply.

Businesses that received funding during the first round may not re-apply unless their award was less than $5,000. If the award was less, the applicant may apply for the difference between $5,000 and their award amount.

In addition, all applicants must:

  • Be in good standing with the State of Minnesota, including:
    • 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
  • Currently reside in Minnesota or be authorized to conduct business in Minnesota
  • Not be an employee or the spouse of an employee of the MDA

Eligible Expenses

Expenses must make an immediate impact on the State’s capacity to process or store Minnesota-raised livestock, poultry, milk, and eggs. Only expenses incurred after March 2, 2020, are eligible for reimbursement.

Project examples:

  • Cooler walls and refrigeration units
  • Contractor costs and materials for installation of approved equipment, including plumbing, drainage, venting, and electrical work
  • Temporary cold storage including rented commercial space or refrigerated trucks
  • Portion cutters
  • Slaughter equipment such as cradles, saws, hooks, scalders, or sinks
  • Equipment or facilities to accommodate holding a larger number of animals in a humane manner (fences, gates, chutes)

Ineligible Expenses

General operating expenses (such as salary, fringe, and supplies) are not eligible.

Matching Funds

This mini-grant requires a 1:1 match. Matching funds can be in the form of cash, loans, other grants, or liquid capital assets dedicated to the project. However, other state funds, such as an AGRI Value-Added Grant, cannot be used for the matching funds. State funds are obtained through the budgeting process of the Minnesota Legislature or granted by a State agency.

Amount Available

We expect to award approximately $150,000. The maximum award is $5,000, and the minimum award is $1,000.

Applying

We will accept applications until November 30, 2020, or until all funds are gone, whichever is first.

Apply through our online application system.

When you submit your application, we encourage you to email a completed IRS Form W-9 to Courtney VanderMey at the same time.

Read the Request for Proposals (PDF) for all eligibility and requirements. If you have questions or need this information in an alternative format, please contact the program administrator, Courtney VanderMey.

We awarded $208,213 to 46 Minnesota livestock processing plants and producers to offset the cost of expenses such as adding coolers, refrigeration units, or slaughter and processing equipment.

Mini-Grant Recipients

Organization

City

County

3Hmong Sausage

Saint Paul

Ramsey

Al's Butcher Shop

Belgrade

Stearns

Backroad Meats

Milaca

Mille Lacs

Blank Cattle & Equipment LLC

Foley

Benton

Brady Gramm

Hancock

Stevens

Bruders' Butcher

Melrose

Stearns

Buckridge Meats

Millville

Wabasha

Burt's Meat & Poultry

Eyota

Olmsted

Clay Hill Processing

Lengby

Mahnomen

Concord Fresh Meat Inc

Saint Paul

Dakota

Conger Meat Market

Conger

Freeborn

Cornerstone Farms

Henning

Otter Tail

Dick's Locker

Good Thunder

Blue Earth

Doerr Meat Processing

Rushford

Fillmore

Dover Processing Inc

Dover

Olmsted

Egans Market

Adrian

Nobles

Foley Locker

Foley

Benton

Four Hill Farms

Barnesville

Clay

French Lake Butcher Shop

South Haven

Wright

Headwaters Meat Processing

Bagley

Clearwater

Heart O' Lakes Quality Meats Inc

Pelican Rapids

Ottertail

Helget Butcher Shop

Darfur

Watonwan

Hilltop Meat Market

Mankato

Blue Earth

Iron Shoe Farm

Princeton

Sherburne

Lakes Area Cooperative

Perham

Otter Tail

Lakes Processing Inc

Detroit Lakes

Becker

LaSalle Food Processing Association

La Salle

Watonwan

Lonsdale Country Market

Lonsdale

Rice

Lucken Meats Custom Processing

Blackduck

Beltrami

Mackenthuns Meats and Deli

Bonifacius

Hennepin

Mahtowa Market Inc

Mahtowa

Carlton

Mills Locker Plant

New York Mills

Ottertail

Morgans Meat Market

Richland

Waseca

Orty's Custom Meat

Deer River

Itasca

Pastures A Plenty Co

Kerkhoven

Chippewa

Redhead Creamery LLC

Brooten

Stearns

Riverside Meats and Processing

Swanville

Todd

Schroeder Meats LLC

New Germany

Carver

Schwarzrock Meat Market Inc

Hutchinson

McLeod

Stark Partners

Vesta

Yellow Medicine

Stinson's Country Style Meat LLC

Houston

Houston

The Brat Barn

Hermantown

Saint Louis

The Butcher Block Meat Market

Marshall

Lyon

Tikes Enterprises

Cohasset

Itasca

Town and Country Meats

Thief River Falls

Pennington

Wright Meats LLC

Saint Charles

Winona