Farmer's Market Grant and Funding Opportunities
USDA Grant Programs and Funding Resources
The United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) provides grants, funding, programs, partnerships and initiatives that support and promote sustainability and food access, including Farmers’ Markets. A full list of funding opportunities and grant resources for Farmers’ Markets is available to the public at https://www.fns.usda.gov/ebt/usda-grant-resources-farmers-markets.
AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE
AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE (AMS)
Agency within USDA that works to improve domestic and international opportunities for U.S. growers and producers. These funding opportunities support a variety of agricultural activities, including the specialty crop industry and local and regional food system expansion.
Applicants may apply for/accept one FMPP and one LFPP award
- Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)
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, 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. Grants fall into three categories:
- Marketing & Promotional Activities
- Capacity Building
- Training, Education, & Technical Assistance
- Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)
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. Applicants can apply for two grant types, and can receive only one type per grant cycle.
- 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.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (NIFA)
Agency within USDA that provides leadership and administers funding to address the agricultural issues impacting people’s daily lives and the nation’s future by investing in and supporting initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture.
- Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP)
Grants are intended to help eligible nonprofits, tribal organizations, and food program service providers in need of a one-time infusion of federal assistance for projects that promote self-sufficiency and food security, address specific needs, and provide comprehensive, community-based solutions in low-income communities. These one-time grants require a dollar-for-dollar (1:1) match in resources, which can include in-kind support. Examples of CFP projects include, but are not limited to: community food assessments, GIS analysis, community gardens with market stands, value chain projects, food hubs, farmers markets, farm-to-institution projects, and marketing and consumer cooperatives.
Applicants for CFP and PP awards are encouraged to seek and create partnerships with public or private, nonprofit or for-profit entities, including links with academic institutions, and/or other appropriate professionals, community-based organizations, local government entities and Promise Zone lead applicant/organization or implementation partner, and StrikeForce area coordinators and/or partnering entities.
Two Project Types:
- Community Food Projects (CFP)
No single CFP award shall exceed $125,000 in any single year or more than $400,000 over four years. Applicants may request one, two, three or four years of funding, but in all cases, the grant term may not exceed 4 years for any proposal.
- Planning Projects (PP)
No single PP award shall exceed $35,000 for the total project period. The maximum PP award period shall not exceed three years since it is for planning purposes.
- Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant
Program within NIFA to improve the health of low-income communities while boosting economic opportunities for farmers through grants to projects that help low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables through cash incentives that increase their purchasing power at locations like farmers’ markets. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies are eligible to apply for FINI grants, including state, local, and tribal agencies as well as incorporated NGOs, farmer’s markets, community supported agriculture programs, agricultural cooperatives, public benefit corporations, and producer networks or associations, among others. There are three types of project categories:
- FINI Pilot Projects (FPP): 1-year grants up to $100,000
- FINI Projects (FP): Grants of up to $500,000 total over a period up to 4 years
- FINI Large Scale Projects (FLSP): Grants of at least $500,000 total over a period up to 4 years
EPA Initiatives and Funding
The Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC) within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses Smart Growth strategies to help communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity while protecting human health and the environment. https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth
OSC occasionally offers grants to support activities that improve the quality of development and protect human health and the environment. https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/epa-smart-growth-grants-and-other-funding ** There are no requests for proposals at this time
- Local Foods, Local Places
A program sponsored by multiple entities including the USDA, EPA, CDCP and the Department of Transportation using Smart Growth to help cities and towns across the country protect the environment and human health by engaging with local partners to reinvest in existing neighborhoods using local food enterprise. The program supports locally led, community-driven efforts to protect air and water quality, preserve open space and farmland, boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food, and promote childhood wellness.
Representatives of communities anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply. A team of experts will help community members set goals and plan projects that can boost local economies and drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization. Projects might include farmers’ markets, local food cooperatives, community gardens, and other food-related enterprises. Special consideration is given to communities in the early stages of developing local food enterprises and creating economically vibrant communities.
- USDA Food LINC Initiative
Aimed at bolstering supply chain for local food in several U.S. regions. Works in partnership with national and regional philanthropic partners to promote long-term sustainability. The initiative was launched in 2016 and focused on 10 initial partnerships.
- USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program grants are available annually to support local and regional food systems through two competitive programs:
- USDA, Rural Development (RD)
USDA Rural Development operates over fifty financial assistance programs for a variety of rural applications; including business loans, housing information and energy assistance programs.