State Senator Mike Goggin (R-Red Wing) announced that due to high demand the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has extended the application deadline for the Urban Agriculture Grant program until January 17, 2019. The Urban Agriculture Grant is one of several offered under the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation Grant program.

“The Urban Agriculture Grant is a creative way to inspire young people to take an interest in agriculture and the important role it plays in our lives,” said Sen. Goggin. “With farmers getting older and more farms shutting down, it is more important than ever to find creative ways to reach the next generation. I hope organizations here will take a serious look at this terrific opportunity.”

According to a notice from the Department of Agriculture, “a total of $250,000 in grant funding is available to aid organizations and communities in obtaining the materials and services necessary to successfully promote urban youth agricultural education and urban agriculture community development.”

Eligibility guidelines

Applicant eligibility — the following groups are eligible to apply:

• For-profit businesses

• Non-profit organizations

• Schools

• Local government entities

• Native American tribal communities

Project eligibility — eligible grant projects include the purchase and installation of equipment, capital expenditures (costs incurred to make physical improvements to, or construct a facility), and/or dedicated staff contractor time. Projects must be located in or serve communities that meet one of the following criteria:

• Cities with a population over 10,000

• Cities with a population between 5,000 and 10,000, where at least of ten percent of the population is living at or below 200 percent of the poverty line and/or at least ten percent of the population is comprised of people of color and/or Native American tribal community members as determined by the United States Census Bureau

• Located within the boundaries of federally recognized tribal land and serving tribal community members, regardless of population size. You’ll find a list of eligible cities and tribal areas in the request for proposals.

For more information and application instructions, visit