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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Local Foods, Local Places

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. Local Foods, Local Places aims to support projects that do all of the following:

  • Create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods
  • Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses
  • Improve access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged populations

The Local Foods, Local Places program will provide selected communities planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. At the workshop, a team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that promotes local food and neighborhood revitalization.

Through Local Foods, Local Places, partner communities have worked on projects such as:

  • Opening year-round, downtown markets featuring foods from local farmers
  • Planning cooperative grocery stores to help revitalize small-town main streets
  • Creating centrally located community kitchens or food hubs to aggregate and market local foods
  • Starting business incubators to help entrepreneurs launch food-related businesses on main streets
  • Making it easier for people to walk or bicycle to farmers markets and local restaurants
  • Helping schoolchildren to grow their own food, and making healthy local food accessible to families, including via SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits
  • Developing community gardens in walkable, transit-accessible places

Amount: Local Foods, Local Places is not a grant, and the program does not provide money directly to communities. Awards are in the form of planning assistance.

Eligibility: Local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. Larger cities are encouraged to focus on a particular neighborhood rather than a city-wide project. Many of the communities selected will be economically challenged and in the early phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization.

Communities with projects located in federally designated Opportunity Zones will receive special consideration this round. Highest consideration will be given to those communities who can identify how Local Foods, Local Places assistance will leverage the Opportunity Zone designation to support implementation of the resulting action plan.

Link: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places

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