Minnesota AGRI Farm to School Grants
Applications must be submitted by November 4, 2021.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is looking for proposals for two Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) grants that aim to increase local purchasing in Farm to School programs. School districts across Minnesota could receive a total of $748,000 for purchasing Minnesota-grown and -raised foods used in school meal programs. School districts may apply for one of two grants: the Farm to School First Bite Mini-Grant is $2,500 to $5,000 intended for school districts that have little to no experience with local procurement as part of a Farm to School programming, and the Farm to School Full Tray Grant is a matching grant up to $35,000, intended for school districts that have experience purchasing Minnesota-grown and -raised products but want to expand their Farm to School programs. This year, applicants for both the First Bite and Full Tray grants may also apply for matching grants up to $25,000 for equipment purchases, in addition to funds for food.