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Applications must be received by April 30, 2024.


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.


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