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AGRI County Fair Grants

Grants to Minnesota County Fairs to Preserve
and Promote Agriculture, Heritage and the Arts

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Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

Deadline Date:

02/12/21 3:00 PM CST


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Grants to Minnesota county fairs for projects and programs in the areas of agriculture, agricultural history, and the arts. Funding is intended to preserve and promote the agricultural, historical, and cultural heritage of the state and to increase access to the arts. The AGRI County Fair Grants are non-competitive and open to all Minnesota county fairs.

Two types of grants are available. Fairs can apply for one or both.

  • AGRI - Category I: Preserving and Promoting Minnesota Agriculture: Grant funds must be used to enhance Minnesotans’ access to agricultural education and must preserve and promote Minnesota’s agriculture. Examples: buy sound equipment for judging in livestock barns; purchase hand sanitizing stations; buy fans for livestock barns; or create agricultural education displays.
  • Legacy - Category II: Promoting Minnesota Arts and Agricultural History: Grant funds must be used to enhance access and education to preserve and promote Minnesota arts and agricultural history. Projects must provide access to the arts or the state’s agricultural, historical, and cultural heritage. Examples include: spinning demonstrations; blacksmith or primitive cooking workshop; antique equipment display that shows how farming was done in the past; or Native American storyteller. Funded activities must supplement (i.e., add something to complete something) traditional programming and not substitute (i.e., take the place of).

All project expenses must directly support the goals of preserving and promoting Minnesota agriculture and/or the state’s arts, agricultural, historical, and cultural heritage.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179461

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Category I. Preserving and Promoting Minnesota Agriculture: $1 million available in equal shares to all of the state's county fairs. For 2021, each fair can apply for up to $11,614.
- Category II. Promoting Minnesota Arts and Agricultural History: $415,000 available in equal shares to all of the state's county fairs. For 2021, each fair can apply for up to $4,285.

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed by June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each of the state’s county fairs is eligible to apply for grant. All applicants must be in good standing with the State of Minnesota (no back taxes owed, no defaults on Minnesota State-backed financing for the last 7 years, acceptable performance on past MDA grants and in compliance with current State regulations).

The following expenses are ineligible for both Category I and Category II projects:
- Expenses not approved and contracted
- Expenses incurred prior to fully executed contract
- Advertising and public relations
- Entertainment, amusement and social activities not meeting the objectives of the grant (selected exceptions made for Category II)
- Fundraising, political activities or lobbying
- Indirect costs (expenses of doing business that are not readily identified within the project but are necessary for the general operation of the business)
- Donated or volunteer (in-kind) services
- Expenses that are for public use and public areas (restrooms, commissary, parking lots)
- Meals, food, lodging, transportation, tickets to shows or sports events
- Cash or gift cards

Pre-Application Information:

All proposals must be received by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) no later than 3:00 pm CST on Friday, February 12, 2021.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


If you have questions that are not addressed on the Q&A page, please email them to with "AGRI County Fair Questions" in the subject line. All questions and answers on that page.

For questions about the grant program or the application process, please contact:
Lisa Sawyer | 651-201-6277
MN Department of Agriculture,
Agricultural Marketing and Development Division
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155
MDA Grant Line: 651-201-6500

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