The Urban Agriculture Matching Grant Program, funded through the Missouri Department of Agriculture, awards grants for reimbursement of expenses associated with urban agriculture. The Urban Agriculture grant encompasses projects that may include introducing a new crop or product to an area, or expanding the use of or adding value to agricultural products. This is a competitive grant program and funds may be used to:

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

General Information and Submission Guidelines

Program funds available:
Maximum award amount:
Deadline for submission:
Anticipated award date:
Supply reimbursement request due: Final Reports Due:
Inspection Completed by:
Projects must be near completion at time of inspection.

up to $100,000
$20,000
September 15, 2022
October 2022
December 31, 2022
May 1, 2023
June 1, 2023

Available funds are for the current 2023 fiscal year. Failure to complete documentation by May 1, 2023, will result in the forfeiture of funds.

Applicants must meet ALL following requirements to be eligible for a grant award:

Eligible projects must reside within one of the following urban areas, as designated by the Missouri Census Data Center:

  • Cape Girardeau
  • Columbia
  • Jefferson City
  • Joplin
  • Kansas City
  • Lee's Summit
  • Springfield
  • St. Joseph
  • St. Louis

Awardees must attend an overview training provided by MDA staff.

Reimbursements will only be made for expenditures accrued during the grant period and for detailed receipts submitted with a $0 balance statement included.

Examples of eligible expenses:

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

Examples of ineligible expenses:

  • Food purchase
  • Fuel expenses
  • Salaries/payroll for employees
  • Donations/contributions to fundraisers
  • Supplies/expenses not previously approved
  • Vehicles
  • costs incurred through other MDA financial opportunities

Applicants must provide at minimum a $.25:$1 match for the project. Matching funds can be cash and in-kind. A cash match must be equal to or greater than 50% of the total match for eligibility.

The applicant must be registered to do business in Missouri and in good standing with the Secretary of State, if applicable. Visit www.sos.mo.gov for more information.

The applicant must complete and submit Form 943 to obtain a tax clearance certificate (valid for 90 days) from the Missouri Department of Revenue for each owner and the business. For more info, visit https://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/notaxdue/.

The applicant must not employ illegal workers and must provide proof of enrollment in E-Verify. An MOU issued from www.e-verify.gov must be provided to MDA.

Prior to award reimbursement, the applicant must register as a vendor with the State of Missouri through the MissouriBUYS web portal.

Successful applicants must complete and submit ALL required documentation including detailed zero balance statements by December 31, 2022 and a final report no later than May 1, 2023.

Projects must be ready for inspection by Missouri Department of Agriculture staff prior to reimbursement of any funds. Project should be complete or near completion at the time of inspection. Inspections will be completed by June 1, 2023.

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

Required Documentation