The MDA anticipates awarding up to $400,000 in combination through its 2018 Requests for Proposals for the AGRI Farm to School Grant Program and the AGRI Farm to Early Care and Education Program.
The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) has committed an additional allocation of up to $125,000 to help schools and early care and education organizations meet the requirement for matching funds for equipment or physical improvement projects.
The goal of the AGRI Farm to School Grant Program is to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products to elementary schools and secondary schools, thereby increasing access to fresh, local foods for Minnesota students.
The MDA is providing competitive grants to stimulate purchases of locally grown and raised food products by:
• Creating plans that identify product availability and cost, specific equipment, tools, training or policies that a school or school district needs in order to increase the amount of Minnesota grown or raised food being purchased; and
• Purchasing equipment to allow schools to purchase, prepare and serve more Minnesota grown and raised food.
Proposals must be received no later than 4:00 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2017. The complete request for proposals and instructions for submissions are located online.
For questions, please contact us.