In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature charged the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) with providing grants "for distribution in equal amounts to each of the state's county fairs to preserve and promote Minnesota agriculture".
All Minnesota County Fairs.
Eligible projects must enhance Minnesotan’s access to agricultural education, and programs must preserve and promote Minnesota’s agriculture.
Funded by AGRI (Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Fund), the grant program distributes $1 million in state fiscal year 2016 and $1 million in state fiscal year 2017, in equal amounts to each of the state’s county fairs, and is not competitive. For the 2017 grant program, every county fair in Minnesota will be eligible to apply for $10,979.46.
All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted in writing to the grant administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. All questions, along with the answers to those questions, will be posted on the FAQ site.
Lisa Sawyer, Program Coordinator
Ag Marketing & Development Division