The Mill City Farmers Market's Next Stage Grant program application is coming up.
The Next Stage Grant is designed to provide funding to local, sustainable farmers and food makers who are improving sustainable farming and business practices or growing toward the next stage of their local food businesses.
Next Stage Grant Details
Grants are typically between $1,000 and $7,000 and will be awarded to applicants who meet the following requirements:
Farm or business must sell at one or more regional farmers markets. Preference will be given to applicants with a higher percentage of sales coming from direct-to-consumer sales.
Farm or business must be located in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, or northern Iowa
Farms and businesses must adhere to Mill City Farmers Market’s Sustainability Statement or the project must aim to bring the farm or other business closer to meeting it.
Farm or business must have been in operation for more than one year.
Grant applications are due on March 3, 2019. For more details and applications instructions, please review our Next Stage Grant Description and Application on our website: https://millcityfarmersmarket.org/learn/next-stage-grant/
This grant is meant to be easily accessible for busy, hardworking farmers and small business owners. MCFM-CF staff is available to answer your questions, help you complete the application and will provide translation if needed. Market staff will also be available to provide guidance on design of grant and connect applicants to potential project mentors and/or technical assistance. For questions or assistance with your application, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-341-7580.
Additionally, please join us at The Good Acre (1790 Larpenteur Ave W, Falcon Heights, MN 55113) on Thursday, February 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn more about the grant program and chat with our 2018 grant recipients about their projects. This casual open house includes dinner and drinks and is free and open to the public. We encourage farmers and food makers interested in learning more about sustainability to attend.