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Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
Agencies to Promote Local Agriculture

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Deadline Date:

05/26/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments and agricultural businesses, associations, cooperatives, and networks to enhance food markets and businesses, improve agricultural products and direct producer-to-consumer markets, sales, and activities. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to increase access and availability to locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Priority consideration will be given to projects that benefit communities located in areas of concentrated poverty with limited access to supermarkets or locally or regionally grown food.

Program Goals and Purpose: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2020_FMPP_RFA.pdf#page=5.

Eligible Project Types: FMPP offers Capacity Building (CB) and Community Development Training and Technical Assistance (CTA) project types. For details, see https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2020_FMPP_RFA.pdf#page=6.

More details about Priority Areas: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2020_FMPP_RFA.pdf#page=7.

Projects/Activities Eligible for Funding: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FY2019GDTermsandConditions.pdf#page=10.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171588

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$13,500,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 60

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award size varies by project type. Applicants may not request less than or more than the respective minimum/maximum amounts.

For Capacity Building projects:
- Minimum award: $50,000
- Maximum award: $250,000

For Community Development Training and Technical Assistance projects:
- Minimum award: $100,000
- Maximum award: $500,000

Term of Contract:

The performance period is of 36 months. The Start Date is programmed for September 30, 2020 and the Completion Date for September 29, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be domestic entities owned, operated, and located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or Tribal Governments.

Eligible applicants include:

- Agricultural Businesses or Cooperatives
- Producer Networks or Associations
- CSA Networks or Associations
- Food Councils
- Local Governments
- Nonprofit Corporations
- Public Benefit Corporations
- Economic Development Corporations
- Regional Farmers Market Authorities
- Tribal Governments

For definitions of each of the eligible applicants, see: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2020_FMPP_RFA.pdf#page=9.

The applicant may subcontract or subaward with partners and collaborators (section 4.6.3). However, only the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements. Project partners and collaborators do not need to meet the eligibility requirements. Partners and collaborators may come from private or public, for-profit or nonprofit entities. Applicants must show evidence of existing community or industry support and engagement.

Fiscal Sponsors/Agents: FMLFPP eligible applicants may use fiscal sponsors/agents in their effort to attain and administer a grant award under FMLFPP.

An applicant organization cannot accept an award and later transfer the award to a fiscal sponsor/agent.

Applicants can use up to $6,500 of the amount requested in their applications for purchasing or upgrading equipment to improve food safety. This fund limitation does not apply for applicants requesting funds for food safety certification activities.

Projects/Activities Not Eligible for Funding: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FY2019GDTermsandConditions.pdf#page=10.

Pre-proposal Conference:

AMS will be hosting a webinar for applicants. Information will be posted on on the main URL as soon as it is available. The webinar will be recorded.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2020 Request for Applications is May 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Applications received after the due date will be subject to the AMS' - Policy on Late Applications (see Supporting Documents below).

All applicants will be notified via email if they were selected for funding or not. It can take several months from the application due date for applicants to be notified.

Applicants need to complete the following steps to apply for a grant:

1. Apply for a DUNS number
2. Register with System for Award Management (SAM.gov)
3. Register with www.grants.gov

This funding opportunity requires matching funds from non-Federal sources in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions in an amount equal to 25 percent of the total Federal portion of the grant. For more information, see Cost Sharing and Matching Funds: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2020_FMPP_RFA.pdf#page=11.

See this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325139

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov

USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 4534-South Building
Washington, DC 20250-0269
E-mail: USDAFMPPQuestions@ams.usda.gov
Phone: 202-720-0933
Fax: 202-690-4152

Applicants may also call the 24/7 toll-free support number 1-800-518-4726, or email support@grants.gov.

CFDA Number:

10.175

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-AMS-TM-FMPP-G-20-0002

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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