USDA is now accepting application for its Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). FMPP range between $50,000 and $500,000, and LFPP grants range between $25,000 and $500,000. LFPP projects do require 25% matching funds contribution. Both applications are due May 7, 2018.
The Blooming Prairie Foundation is accepting applications for awards ranging from $2,000-70,000 for projects that promote research and education in the organic industry and cooperative community or help develop new organic products. Applicants must be 501c3 non-profits and applications are due March 1, 2018. $250,000 in funding is available.
Applications for USDA’s Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) are due on February 8th, 2018 for collaborative projects aimed at supporting beginning farmers and ranchers. Awards range from $300,000-600,000 and a 25% match is required.
USDA’s Farm to School Program is accepting grant applications ranging up to $100,000 with a deadline of December 8, 2017.
USDA’s National Institute if Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for its Community Food Project (CFP) Competitive Grants Program for projects addressing community food issues. Applications are due December 4, 2017 and require a 1:1 match.
USDA’s Rural Development is currently accepting applications for its Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG). Planning grants range up to $75,000 and working capital implementation are available for up to $250,000. A 1:1 match is required. Electronic applications are due January 24, 2018, and paper applications are due January 31, 2018.
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.