U.S. Department of Agriculture: Farmers Market Promotion ProgramDeadline: March 27, 2017
The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) works 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 domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities; or
- Assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.
FMPP offers both Capacity Building and Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance project grants.
Priority consideration will be given to projects that: (1) Benefit communities located in areas of concentrated poverty with limited access to supermarkets, (2) Are implemented in and support agri-businesses located in rural areas or towns that have populations of 50,000 or less, or (3) Involve Promise Zone Lead Applicant Organizations. At least 10 percent of total funding will be awarded to these projects.
Amount: Approximately $13,000,000 is available. Capacity Building grants will range from $50,000-$250,000; Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance grants will range from $250,000-$500,000.
Eligibility: Agricultural businesses; agricultural cooperatives; Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks; CSA associations; economic development corporations; local governments; nonprofit corporations; producer networks; producer associations; public benefit corporations; regional farmers’ market authorities; and tribal governments.