The Urban & Non-Traditional Agriculture Matching Grant Program funded through the Missouri Department of Agriculture, awards grants of up to $7,500 for reimbursement of expenses associated with approved urban and non-traditional agriculture projects. Urban (as defined by USDA as a population of 50,000 or higher) and non-traditional agriculture encompass urban agricultural projects and non-traditional agricultural activities which may include introducing a new crop or product to an area, expanding the use of or adding value to agricultural products. Projects should assist the development of small agribusinesses, production infrastructure, direct distribution venues and workforce development. Projects that demonstrate an economic benefit and potential for sustainable revenue generation and job creation will be given priority.

This is a competitive grant program and funds may be used to:

  • Develop small agribusinesses and implement production infrastructure, direct distribution venues and agricultural workforce development.
  • Provide training and develop skills for agricultural business sustainability.

Examples of eligible expenses:

  • Equipment/Materials
  • Business plan development
  • Marketing
  • Project-approved supplies

Examples of ineligible expenses:

  • Food purchase
  • Salaries/payroll for employees
  • Donations/contributions to fundraisers
  • Supplies/expenses not previously approved
  • Vehicles

General Information and Submission Guidelines

Program funds available:
Maximum award amount:
Deadline for submission:
Anticipated award date:
Reimbursement requests must be received by:

up to $100,000
$7,500
October 26, 2018
November 15, 2018
May 1, 2019

Matching Requirements

  • Applicant must provide at minimum a $1:$1 match for the project
  • Matching funds can be in-kind or cash match
  • Cash match must be greater than 50% of total match.
  • Example:
Description Grant Request Cash Match In-Kind Match Total
Ex. Business plan development $1,000 $600 $400 $2,000

Successful applicants must submit ALL required completed documentation including detailed paid receipts/invoices, final report and completion notice no later than May 1, 2019. Reimbursements will only be made for expenditures accrued during the grant period and for receipts submitted for the approved project. Invoices must show a $0 balance and proof of payment. Receipts must include purchase details.

Projects must be ready for inspection and inspected by Missouri Department of Agriculture staff prior to reimbursement of any funds. Project inspections will be completed by June 1, 2019.

Available funds are for the current 2019 fiscal year. Failure to complete documentation by May 1, 2019, may result in forfeiture of funds.

Applications may be submitted to:
Missouri Department of Agriculture – Urban & Non-Traditional Agriculture Matching Grants
Ag Business Development
Attn: Rachel Heimericks
P.O. Box 630
Jefferson City, MO 65102
FAX: (573) 751-2868
Or electronically to:
Rachel.Heimericks@mda.mo.gov

Required Documentation