AGRI Agriculture Value-Added Feasibility Study Grant (VAFSG)

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)


Grant amount: Up to US $35,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Nonprofit Working Professional

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Minnesota

Location of residency: Minnesota

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Overview:

Note: The submission deadline for the required Letter of Interest is on a first come first serve basis.

Grants are generally sums of money awarded to finance a particular activity or facility. Generally, these grant awards do not need to be paid back.

The MDA offers many grant programs to assist individuals and organizations with agricultural development.

AGRI Agriculture Value-Added Feasibility Study Grant (VAFSG)

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will reimburse up to 50% of the costs, with a maximum award of $35,000, for an independent third party consultant to conduct a feasibility study of your agricultural value-added business venture. The first step in this competitive grant process is submission of a “letter of interest” that will be reviewed for funding.

Goal of the Grant

VAFSG grants assist the development of profitable agricultural businesses in Minnesota to benefit the state’s economy by adding value to Minnesota agricultural commodities or products.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Any Minnesota resident or business can apply to receive funding to do a feasibility study for a new business or expansion/diversification of an existing business that will add value to a Minnesota agricultural commodity or product.
    • This includes but is not limited to farmers/farmer networks, agricultural cooperatives, and agricultural businesses.
  • Applicants and their subcontractors must be in compliance with Minnesota tax and environmental regulatory requirements to be eligible for funding.
  • The proposed value-added business must be located in Minnesota.

Ineligibility:

  • Applicants who do not reside in Minnesota and MDA employees are not eligible for this grant.