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Applications are closed for 2024 and will reopen in 2025.


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Business Builder Sub-Awards

  • Capacity building under the Center involves providing financial assistance through business builder sub-awards in the form of grants.

  • Sub-award grants support regional projects and businesses aiming for expansion and growth, with average amounts of $50k or less.


  • The purpose of the grant funds is to strengthen and support the food businesses in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.


Award Types

These sub-awards may support staff time, business planning activities, software implementation, the purchase of equipment (such as food safety, processing and/or packaging equipment), value chain and supply chain coordination and innovation, product development, and marketing. Business Builder Sub-Awards may also fund supply chain analysis and strategy development for identified gaps and specialization opportunities.  


I'm interested! What do I do next?

Interested applicants may reach out to your local Technical Assistance provider to assist in writing the grant application, with partners found at:


Review the checklist and the definitions below to prepare before applying.


I've been chosen as an award recipient. What's next?

Recipients will be notified via email with next steps. The buttons below will assist award recipients with the Business Builder Sub-Award Agreement process. 


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