The Minnesota Department of Agriculture encourages non-profit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities, and other agricultural groups to apply for Specialty Crop Block Grants for projects that will increase the competitiveness of Minnesota-grown specialty crops in domestic and foreign markets. For-profit entities, farms, and other businesses who want to develop sector-wide research and development projects are also eligible. Each project must demonstrate external support from specialty crop stakeholders and produce measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or public beneficiaries. Grants of $10,000 to $100,000 are available for projects that can last up to two-and-a-half years.
Applications are due by March 7, 2019.