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

Local Foods, Local Places helps communities create more livable neighborhoods by promoting local foods. The program is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority.

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

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: The program provides 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. The form of assistance is not a grant, and the program does not provide money directly to communities.

Eligibility: Local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions/organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the U.S. It is expected that many of the communities selected will be economically challenged and in the early phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization. It is also expected that at least two of the selected communities will be designated colonias in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

Link: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places-2016-2017-application

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