USDA Investing Up to $10.5 Million in Projects Supporting Local Food Systems

Apr 4, 2024 1:59:48 PM / by Daniel Cavins

Supporting Local Food Systems-1

The USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) presents a significant opportunity for entities involved in supporting local food systems. With $10.5 million in funding available, the USDA expects to support approximately 150 projects that focus on the development, coordination, and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises.

In recent years, food security, nutrition, and agriculture have increasingly been understood as interconnected parts of a food system.1 As such, LFPP seeks to comprehensively strengthen the connection between local food producers and consumers through various projects, making locally and regionally produced agricultural products more accessible. Seize this chance to be at the forefront of transforming our food systems and make a lasting impact on your community.

Project Types:

  • Planning Projects: Supports the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local food business that supports local and regional food systems.
  • Implementation Projects: Focuses on establishing, improving or expanding local and regional food business enterprises.
  • Turnkey Marketing and Promotion: Involves marketing and promotion activities to enhance producer-to-consumer market opportunities.
  • Turnkey Recruitment and Training: Aims at the recruitment and training within a local food system, providing support for specific activities.

Eligible Applicants Include:

  • Agricultural Businesses/Cooperatives
  • Producer Networks/Associations
  • Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Networks/Associations
  • Food Councils
  • Local Governments
  • Nonprofit Corporations
  • Public Benefit Corporations
  • Economic Development Corporations
  • Regional Farmers Market Authorities
  • Tribal Governments

Priority will be given to projects benefiting underserved communities with scarce access to fresh food, as well as projects under the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS’s) Regional Food Systems Partnership not recently awarded by LFPP. Focus will also be on supporting small farms, ranches, and historically underserved groups. Additionally, projects aimed at environmental sustainability will be favored.

Please be aware that a 25% cost match is required for all applications.

Organizations interested in applying to the USDA-AMS-TM-LFPP-G-24-0011 Local Food Promotion Program should contact USFCR’s Grant Team to determine eligibility and answer any questions. With a range of grant services, including Consulting, Writing, and Application Review & Submission, USFCR caters to your organization’s specific needs. Please fill out the following eligibility assessment prior to April 19th, 2024, and a member of our staff will be in contact.

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1.   Woodhill, J., Kishore, A., Njuki, J. et al. Food systems and rural wellbeing: challenges and opportunities. Food Sec. 14, 1099–1121 (2022).

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Daniel Cavins

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