USDA Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is currently accepting applications for their Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to support local and regional food systems.  Applications for both program applications are due March 27, 2017.

FMPP grants fund farmer-to consumer direct marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism.  $13 million is available for FMPP, and the minimum and maximum awards are $50,000 and $500,000.

LFPP grants fund local and regional food business enterprises that serve as intermediaries to process, distribute, aggregate, and store locally or regionally produced food products. Projects also provide technical assistance and outreach, including planning grants for local food businesses.  $13 million is also available for LFPP for minimum and maximum awards ranging between $25,000 to $500,000.

First Nations FDPIR Grant

First Nations Development Institute is accepting applications for their FDPIR Nutrition Education Grant that will provide grant support to Native communities interested in starting or expanding nutrition education programing for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) recipients.  Applications are being accepted until August 23, and First Nations anticipates awarding 30 grants up to $10,000 each.

USDA Value Added Producer Grant

USDA Rural Development’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) is accepting applications for efforts aimed at expanding value added production.  The two types of grants are Planning (up to $75,000) and Implementation (up to $250,000).  The application deadline is June 24th for e-applications and  July 1st paper applications.   There is $44 million in available funding.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council hosted a webinar in conjunction with USDA Rural Development on VAPG that is now available online viewing.

Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) through Thursday, January 21, 2016.  This program funds collaborations aimed at addressing the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers through new and established local and regional training, education, outreach and technical assistance initiatives.