AMS Grant: Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)
Over $63.2 million in SCBGP grants are allocated to U.S. States and Territories based on a formula that considers both specialty crop acreage and production value. Interested applicants should apply directly through their State Department of Agriculture. A listing of State contacts and application due dates can be found at:
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AMS Grant: Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMPP & LFPP)
The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program provides a combined total of $26.6 million divided equally between its two grant programs. The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) provides $13.3 million to support projects for direct farmer-to-consumer marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism. The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers $13.3 million in funds for projects that support intermediary supply chain activities for businesses that process, distribute, aggregate, and store locally- or regionally-produced food products. Grant applications must be submitted electronically through www.Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 14, 2015.
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AMS Grant: Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)
The FSMIP provides $1 million in matching funds to State Departments of Agriculture, State colleges and universities, and other appropriate State agencies. Funds will support research projects that address challenges and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. agricultural products domestically and internationally.
Grant applications for FSMIP must be submitted electronically through www.Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 14, 2015.
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AMS Technical Assistance Grant Workshops
AMS and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced a partnership through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project to conduct workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. Some of the workshop sessions will be recorded and made available for online viewing for those who are unable to attend in person.
Here is a list of upcoming grant workshop dates and locations.
AMS Webinar on FMPP and LFPP and a Teleconference Call on FSMIP
AMS will host a webinar on March 25, 2015, to introduce FMPP and LFPP to potential applicants and a teleconference about FSMIP on March 31, 2015. For more information about SCBGP, FSMIP, FMPP, and LFPP, including program background and webinar information, visit the AMS grants website.