The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Nonprofit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities, and other agricultural groups are encouraged to apply. For-profit entities, farms, and other businesses who want to develop sector-wide research and development projects are also eligible. Projects must enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops that are grown in Minnesota by leveraging efforts to market and promote specialty crops, assisting producers with research and development relevant to specialty crops, expanding availability and access to specialty crops, and addressing local and regional challenges confronting specialty crop producers. Funding priorities are listed online. Applicants may request $20,000 to $150,000 per project.
Applications must be received by March 16, 2021.