U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
06/18/19 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, government agencies, and agricultural businesses, associations, cooperatives, and networks to develop, expand, and coordinate farmers markets. 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.
The primary goals are to:
- Connect and cultivate regional food economies through public-private partnerships;
- Support the development of business plans, feasibility studies, and strategies for value-added agricultural production and local and regional food system infrastructure;
- Strengthen capacity and regional food system development through community collaboration and expansion of mid-tier value chains;
- Improve income and economic opportunities for producers and food businesses through job creation; and,
- Simplify the application and the reporting processes for the grants administered under the Program.
The program focuses on:
- Supporting and promoting domestic direct producer-to-consumer marketing such as farmers markets, roadside stands, agritourism activities, community-supported agriculture programs (CSA), or online sales;
- Encouraging the development of value-added agricultural products;
- Developing marketing strategies for producers of local food and value-added products;
- Facilitating regional food chain coordination and mid-tier value chain development;
- Promoting new business opportunities and marketing strategies to reduce on-farm food waste;
- Responding to changing technology needs in direct producer-to-consumer marketing; and
- Covering expenses related to costs incurred in obtaining food safety certification and making changes and upgrades to practices and equipment to improve food safety.
FMPP offers Capacity Building (CB) and Community Development Training and Technical Assistance (CTA) project types:
- Capacity Building: CB projects are intended to assist applicants in the development, coordination, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, CSA programs, agritourism activities, online sales, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.
- Community Development Training and Technical Assistance: CTA projects are intended to assist applicants’ efforts to provide outreach, training, and technical assistance to farm and ranch operations serving local markets and other interested parties for developing, coordinating, and expanding domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, CSA programs, agritourism activities, online sales, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.
For more information on each of these project types, see: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2019FMPPRFA.pdf#page=7
To view allowable and unallowable costs and activities, see: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2019FMPPRFA.pdf#page=20
GrantWatch ID#: 171588
Expected Number of Awards: 60
Capacity Building: Minimum grant award is $50,000 and maximum award is $250,000.
Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance: Minimum grant award is $250,000 and maximum award $500,000.
The official performance period must begin on September 30, 2019. Both CB and CTA projects are awarded for up to 36 months (3 years) and are expected to be completed by September 29, 2022.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to contact the FMPP staff by e-mail with questions about the grant program at USDAFMPPQuestions@ams.usda.gov.
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