Approximately $13 million in competitive grant funds in fiscal year (FY) 2015 is available for award through the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).
LFPP is a component of the Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program, which is authorized by the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act
of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C.
LFPP offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets.
Eligible entities may apply if they support local and regional food business enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products.
Such entities may include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, community supported agriculture networks, community supported agriculture associations, and other agricultural business entities (for-profit groups); nonprofit corporations; public benefit corporations; economic development corporations; regional farmers’ market authorities; and local and tribal governments.
Two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP—planning grants and implementation grants.
Applicants can apply for either but will receive only one type of grant in the same grant cycle.
LFPP Planning Grants are used in the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local and regional food business enterprise.
Activities can include but are not limited to market research, feasibility studies, and business planning.
A minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $25,000 will be awarded for any one proposal, and the grants must be completed within a 12 month period.
LFPP Implementation Grants are used to establish a new local and regional food business enterprise, or to improve or expand an existing local or regional food business enterprise.
Activities can include but are not limited to training and technical assistance for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise; outreach and marketing to buyers and consumers; and non-construction infrastructure improvements to business enterprise facilities or information technology systems.
A minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $100,000 will be awarded for any one proposal, and the grants must be completed within a 24 month grant period.LFPP will host a webinar to introduce the grant on March 2 5. For more information about LFPP including program background and webinar information, visit the AMS grants website:
Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories
Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
LFPP websiteAdditional Information of Eligibility:
A business entity that provides, holds, delivers, transports, offers, or sells agricultural products or services.2.
A group-owned or member-owned entity or business that provides, offers, or sells agricultural products or services for the mutual benefit of their members.
A producer group- or member-owned organization or business that provides, offers, or sells agricultural products or services through a common distribution system for the mutual benefit of their members.4.
An organization or other business that assists, represents, or serves producers or a producer network.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network.
A formal group of farms that work collectively to offer consumers regular (usually weekly) deliveries of locally-grown farm products during one or more harvest season(s), often on a subscription or membership basis.
Customers have access to a selected share or range of farm products offered by the group of farmers based on partial or total advance payment of a subscription or membership fee.6.
An organization or other business that assists or serves, represents, or services CSAs or CSA networks.7.
Any unit of government within a state, including a county; borough; municipality; city; town; township; parish; local public authority, including any public housing agency under the United States Housing Act of 1937; special district; school district; intrastate district; council of governments, whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under state law; and any other agency or instrumentality of a multi-, regional, or intra-state or local government.8.
Nonprofit Corporations: Any organization or institution, including nonprofits with State or IRS 501 (c) status and accredited institutions of higher education, where no part of the net earnings of which inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
9.Public Benefit Corporation.
A corporation organized to construct or operate a public improvement, the profits from which inure to the benefit of a State(s) or to the people thereof.
Economic Development Corporation.
An organization whose mission is the improvement, maintenance, development and/or marketing or promotion of a specific geographic area.
Regional Famers Market Authority.
An entity that establishes and enforces regional, State, or county policies and jurisdiction Full Opportunity Web Address:www.ams.usda.govLFPPContact:
Nicole Nelson MillerTeam Leader202-720-2731 Agency Email Description:
LFPP Application Questions Agency Email:
USDALFPPQuestions@ams.usda.gov Date Posted:
2015-03-16Application Due Date: