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Local Food Promotion Program

USDA Local Food Promotion Program – The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking applications for its program which “… offers grant funds with a 25% match 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, by: developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to Local and Regional Food Business Enterprises, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of Local and Regional Food Business Enterprises. 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 … Two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP — planning grants and implementation grants … 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 … 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 …” – AMS anticipates having approximately $13 million in total available grant funds for the program for fiscal year (FY) 2017 with an Award Ceiling of $500,000 – Eligible applicants 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 …”

Document Title: The title of the January 11, 2017 USDA AMS Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is “Local Food Promotion Program”

Organization: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Source: January 11, 2017 USDA AMS Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement Number USDA-AMS-TM-LFPP-G-17-0001

Applications Due By: March 27, 2017

Web site: The January 11, 2017 USDA AMS Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted at
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291172
* The full Request for Applications is posted at
http://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2017_LFPP_RFA_Final_12142016.pdf

The January 11, 2017 USDA AMS Press Release, titled “USDA Announces $27 Million in Grants Available to Support the Local Food Sector”, is posted at
http://www.ams.usda.gov/press-release/usda-announces-27-million-grants-available-support-local-food-sector

Additional information about the USDA AMS Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) is available at
https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/lfpp

Contact: Questions may be directed to the LFPP Staff at 202 720 2731; e-mail: USDALFPPQuestions@AMS.USDA.gov

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