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Group offers grants for food projects in southwest Minnesota

MORRIS (Staff reports) -- Seed grants are available for innovative ideas to support local foods in the region. The University of Minnesota's Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership is awarding grants to support projects that levera...

MORRIS (Staff reports) - Seed grants are available for innovative ideas to support local foods in the region.
The University of Minnesota’s Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership is awarding grants to support projects that leverage active citizenship and create a robust partnership with the University. Individuals and groups from a 27-county region in southwest Minnesota are eligible to apply.
The Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership is currently interested in innovative ideas to address food system priorities including support for farmers’ markets, consumer education, strengthening food system leaders, local farmers and food entrepreneurs, and building networks and connections in the region.
The Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership will support approved projects in the range of $2,000 to $20,000. Project timelines can be from a few months to multiple years.
To apply for project support, download and complete a copy of the Regional Sustainable Development Partnership Idea Brief by clicking on the light bulb on the front page of the website at extension.umn.edu/rsdp.
Here is the criteria:

  • Projects must be supported by the applicant throughout the project;
  • Projects must utilize University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students and/or resources;
  • Project deliverables/outcomes must be identified and focus on local citizen and community needs;
  • A cash or in-kind contribution is required; and 

Projects that leverage funds from other organizations, include cash contributions from other sources, and/or partner with other organizations are given priority. The due date for this round of applications is April 15, with notifications of award decisions by late May. Submit earlier if you have a project that can be completed by early June. Applicants are encouraged to contact David Fluegel at fluegel@umn.edu or 320-349-0498 to discuss project ideas.

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