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USDA Grant Resources for Farmers' Markets

Last Published: 03/20/2014

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  • USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)    

-- Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)  

Focus: Improve and expand farmers' markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture and other direct producer to consumer market opportunities.  

-- Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)  

Focus: Applied research projects that address barriers, challenges and opportunities in marketing, transportation, and distribution of U.S. food and agricultural products.  

  • USDA, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension (CSREES)    

-- Sustainable Agriculture and Research (SARE)  

Focus: Competitive grants program supporting research, education and sustainability includes such areas as producer grants and sustainable community innovation.  

-- Community Food Projects Competitive Grants & Hunger and Food Security Programs  

Focus: Meeting the food needs of low-income people, increasing the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs and meeting specific state, local or neighborhood food and agriculture needs.  

  • USDA, Risk Management Agency (RMA)    

-- Outreach Partnership Agreements  

Focus: Ensure that information and technical assistance programs are effectively targeted to women, limited-resource, socially disadvantaged, and other traditionally underserved procedures.  

  • USDA, Rural Development Program (RBS)    

-- Value Added Producer Grant Program  

Focus: Locally-produced agriculture food products.  Priority is given to small to medium-sized family farms.  10% of funds reserved for beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers.  10% of funds reserved to develop local/regional supply networks linking independent producers with businesses and cooperatives.  

-- Business and Industry (B&I) Guarantee Loan Program  

Focus: Establish and facilitate processing, distribution, aggregation, storing and marketing of local/regional food products.  Help new and existing rural businesses gain access to affordable capital.  Priority will be given to projects benefiting underserved communities.  Through 2012, at least 5% of funds will support initiatives in local and regional agriculture.  

-- Housing & Community Facilities Programs  

Focus: Assist in the development of essential community facilities.  Construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services including the purchase of equipment required for a facilities operation.  Provide loans and grants for the construction, acquisition or renovation of community facilities or for the purchase of equipment for community projects.