Wednesday, January 11, 2017

USDA announces $27 million in local food grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses.

AMS today announced the request for applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which includes Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). These programs and other resources across USDA are helping to revitalize rural America by supporting local and regional food stakeholders.

AMS will host a webinar for potential FMPP and LFPP grant applicants Feb. 15 and a teleconference for potential FSMIP grant applicants Feb. 16. For more information about FSMIP, FMPP and LFPP, visit: www.ams.usda.gov/AMSgrants. The website also contains a link to a grants decision tree, "What AMS Grant is Right for ME?”, to help applicants determine which AMS grant fits their project best. The grant applications for FSMIP, FMPP and LFPP must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov/ by March 27. AMS will host a webinar to introduce potential applicants to Grants.gov on Feb. 8. 

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