The Meat Education and Training (MEAT) Grant Program provides the opportunity for Minnesota schools to establish or enhance meat cutting and butchery training programs.

The grant funds equipment, facility renovation, curriculum development, and faculty training for new and established programs.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants include public or private schools or school districts in Minnesota that seek to establish or enhance meat cutting and butchery training for secondary students (Grades 6 through 12, unless otherwise designated by the school district).

Priority will be given to applicants that collaborate with meat cutting and butchery programs at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) or local industry partners.

Eligible projects

Project examples include but are not limited to:

  • Purchase of equipment required for a meat cutting program (e.g., refrigeration units, tables, saws, knives, cleaning and sanitizing equipment)
  • Contractor costs and materials for installation of approved equipment, including plumbing, drainage, venting, and electrical work
  • Facility renovation to accommodate meat cutting
  • Purchase of livestock and livestock products for instructional use
  • Curriculum development for new or enhanced meat cutting program
  • Licensing and permitting costs required for new or enhanced meat cutting program
  • Training faculty to teach the fundamentals of meat processing (limited to 10% of the grant funding)

Amount available

A total of $350,000 is available.

  • Schools may apply for up to $70,000.
  • Up to 10% of each school’s award may be used for faculty training.
  • Schools are not required to contribute matching funds.


Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

Apply through our online application system.

  • If you are a new user, you will need to create an account.
  • Once you are logged in, select Meat Education and Training (MEAT) Grant FY23.

Before you apply, read the 2023 Request for Proposals (PDF) for eligibility, requirements, and priorities.

If you need this information in an alternative format, contact the program administrator.