The Farmers Market Promotion Program is a component of the Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program, which is authorized by the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3005). The two competitive grant programs that are available include: the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)
The goals of FMPP grants are 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. The maximum amount awarded for any one proposal cannot exceed $100,000; the minimum award is $15,000.
All applicants under FMPP shall be domestic entities owned, operated, and located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The eligible entities are:
- Agricultural Cooperatives
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Networks
- Economic Development Corporations
- Public Benefit Corporations
- Regional Famers Market Authorities
2015 FMPP Information
The deadline for the Grants.gov FMPP application submission is 11:59 pm ET, May 14, 2015.
- Forms SF-424, SF-424B, AD-3030, and AD-3031 can be found with the www.Grants.gov website application submission.
- AMSTA - FMLFPP Grant Writing Workshops: AMSTA is an initiative working towards spreading knowledge on more effective ways to write grant proposals. The program will facilitate both in-person grant writing workshops in each US state and a webinar, and will also provide additional resources and material through the AMSTA website. Workshops will focus on effective grant-writing practices, with an emphasis on USDA’s Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs. Please visit www.AMSTA.net for additional information and to check the workshop schedule for your state. Participation in an AMSTA workshop does not guarantee that an application submitted to USDA will be funded.