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Mini-Grant Program

The Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Mini-Grant program is a part of the Montana Growth Through Agriculture Program established by the Montana Legislature to encourage economic and agricultural development through educational, promotional, marketing, travel and other business activities.

All projects will need to demonstrate how they expand Montana agriculture, but given the current public health situation with COVID-19, special attention will be paid to projects that strengthen and expand local food offerings, distribution, and infrastructure.

  • Maximum $2,500 grant for educational, promotional, marketing, travel
  • Maximum $5,000 for other business activities

Review the Mini-Grant background document for details on applying.

Application Deadlines:

  • To be considered for the initial review, applications must be received by April 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Applications not received by April 13 will be considered on a rolling basis until May 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM. 
  • Click here to apply

Important Dates

Date Time Deadline/Event
March 27  2:00 p.m.  Funding opportunity posted at https://funding.mt.gov/index.do.
April 9 10:00 a.m. Open Question and Answer Conference Call/Webinar 
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Join by phone 406-444-4647 Conference ID: 325438

April 13 2:00 p.m. Deadline for applications to be considered as part of initial review
April 21 Anticipated announcement of initial funding round awards
May 22 2:00 p.m. Application deadline at Funding.mt.gov.
May 28 Anticipated announcement of final awards

All times in Mountain Standard Time.


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Growth Through Agriculture News

Mini-Grants Available through Growth Through Agriculture Program

Grants up to $5,000 available

Mini-Grants Available through Growth Through Agriculture Program

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced mini-grant funding is now available through its Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program. All projects will need to demonstrate how they expand Montana agriculture, but given the current public health situation with COVID-19, special attention will be paid to projects that strengthen and expand local food offerings, distribution, and infrastructure.

“We’re excited to revive our mini-grant program, and now more than ever we need to invest in our food and ag companies,” said Director Ben Thomas. “In particular, we are hoping to see applications that will strengthen and diversify local food options in communities across Montana."

Click to learn more about GTA mini-grants.

Documents to download

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

To curtail the spread of COVID-19, nonessential businesses and operations will close March 28 - April 10, 2020

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

On March 26, Governor Bullock issued a directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily close all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28 and will be in effect through April 10, identifies essential businesses and operations related to food and agriculture, as included in the sections shown below:

Click to view the  the Governor’s Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020.

Documents to download

Montana Department of Agriculture Announces Over $850,000 in Grants and Loan Awards

Funds Awarded from Growth Through Ag Program

Montana Department of Agriculture Announces Over $850,000 in Grants and Loan Awards

Helena, Mont. – Director Ben Thomas and the Agriculture Development Council announced the recipients of $859,832 in grants and loans to Montana agricultural businesses and organizations. From Westby to Alberton, a total of 24 projects across the state were awarded funds through the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program.

Growth Through Agriculture Program
Phone : (406) 444-0134
E-mail : gta@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601