Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a total of $2.5 million in grant funding through the AGRI Value-Added Grant Program. This program increases sales of Minnesota agricultural products by diversifying markets, increasing market access, and increasing food safety of value-added products through equipment purchases and facility improvements. New or established for-profit businesses can apply for funding to support start-up, expansion, and updates; develop the processing and aggregating capacity of farmers selling to institutions; and increase food safety. Matching grants reimburse up to 25% of the overall project cost. Funding under this round will come at two levels. Level 1 projects will have a maximum award of $200,000 and a minimum of $1,000. Level 2 projects will have a maximum award of $1 million and a minimum of $200,001.
Applications are due by March 8, 2019.