USDA Announces $4.8 Million Available for Fiscal Year 2020 Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP)

July 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced $4.8 million in funding for the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP). This new program will assist agricultural agencies or departments in eligible states and territories to increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food through small-scale gardening, herding and livestock operations. MGFSP is authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill), and the grant period for agreements between the eligible applicants and AMS is four years. 

AMS will award grants to eligible states and territories through a non-competitive application process. Eligible applicants include agricultural agencies or departments in Alaska, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and the United States Virgin Islands.

Eligible states and territories will competitively distribute subawards to eligible entities in communities within their areas that have significant levels of food insecurity and import a significant quantity of food.

Applications must be submitted electronically through by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 17, 2020. For more information about grant eligibility, visit the MGFSP website or contact Patrick Kelley at

The AMS Grants Division works to improve domestic and international opportunities for United States growers and producers. AMS works with a variety of organizations to support rural America and the nation’s agricultural sector. For additional information visit the AMS Grants & Opportunities web page.

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