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Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Corporations, Groups, and
Agencies to Develop and Promote Local Agriculture

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Conf. Date:

04/23/20

Deadline Date:

05/26/20 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, corporations, agricultural businesses, agencies, groups, and local governments for activities that promote local agricultural industries and food systems. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Priority consideration will be given to projects that benefit communities located in areas of concentrated poverty with limited access to supermarkets or locally or regionally grown food.

LAMP supports the development, coordination, and expansion of direct producer-to-consumer marketing, local and regional food markets and enterprises, and value-added agricultural products. The primary goals are to:

  • Connect and cultivate regional food economies through public-private partnerships;
  • Support the development of business plans, feasibility studies, and strategies for value-added agricultural production and local and regional food system infrastructure;
  • Strengthen capacity and regional food system development through community collaboration and expansion of mid-tier value chains;
  • Improve income and economic opportunities for producers and food businesses through job creation; and
  • Simplify the application and the reporting processes for the grants administered under the Program.

LFPP funds projects that develop, coordinate, and expand local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. The program focuses on:

  • Supporting and promoting local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer-to-consumer marketing;
  • Supporting the processing, aggregation, distribution, and storage of local and regional food products that are marketed locally or regionally, including value-added agricultural products;
  • Encouraging the development of value-added agricultural products;
  • Assisting with business development plans and feasibility studies;
  • Developing marketing strategies for producers of local food products and value-added agricultural products in new and existing markets;
  • Facilitating regional food chain coordination and mid-tier value chain development;
  • Promoting new business opportunities and marketing strategies to reduce on-farm food waste;
  • Responding to changing technology needs in indirect producer-to-consumer marketing; and
  • Covering expenses to cost incurred in obtaining food safety certification related and improvements to food safety practices and equipment.

LFPP offers Planning and Implementation project types.

  • Planning projects are used in the planning stages of developing, coordinating, or expanding a food business that supports locally and regionally produced agricultural products and food system infrastructure.
  • Implementation projects are used to establish a new food business or to improve or expand an existing
    food business that supports locally and regionally produced agricultural products and food system
    infrastructure.

For details about the project types, see: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2020_LFPP_RFA.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180493

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$13,500,000

Number of Grants:

60

Estimated Size of Grant:

LFPP planning projects range from $25,000 to $100,000. LFPP implementation projects range from $100,000 to $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Planning: 18 months duration; Completion date: September 30, 2020 March 31, 2022

Implementation: 36 months duration; Completion date: September 30, 2020 September 29, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be domestic entities owned, operated, and located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or Tribal Governments.

Eligible applicants include:

- Agricultural Businesses or Cooperatives
- Producer Networks or Associations
- CSA Networks or Associations
- Food Councils
- Local Governments
- Nonprofit Corporations
- Public Benefit Corporations
- Economic Development Corporations
- Regional Farmers Market Authorities
- Tribal Governments

LFPP eligible applicants may use fiscal sponsors/agents in their effort to attain and administer a grant award under LFPP.

For detailed descriptions of these entity types, see: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2020_LFPP_RFA.pdf#page=8

Projects are not eligible for consideration if the proposed activities:

- Are not related to local and regional food system activities.
- Are to glean, purchase, or collect food or services to donate to other entities and/or individuals
(section 4.6.4).
- Are for production related expenses, including food production and the purchase of farm equipment, tools, materials, supplies, and other related costs (section 4.6.4)
- Depend on the purchase or lease-to-own of a vehicle—vehicles can be leased, but not leased-toown or purchased (section 4.6.4).
- Benefit only one agricultural producer, vendor, or individual.
- Promote general food consumption (unrelated to a specific product or service) (section 4.6.4).
- Depend upon a critical component (such as land and structures) not in place at the time of application submission (section 4.2.5).
- Depend upon the completion of another project or the receipt of another grant.
- Duplicate activities in a project that has received a Federal award from another Federal award program, including FMLFPP.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants.gov Training Webinar
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 2:00-3:00 pm EST

Grants.gov is the website federal grant-making agencies use to post grant funding opportunities and where the public can find and apply for those opportunities. The goal of the presentation is to provide information on how to use the Grants.gov website to apply for AMS grant programs. Topics covered in the presentation include how to register in Dun & Bradstreet, track a submitted application, find (search) for funding opportunities and apply for those opportunities.

Register for the Grants.gov Webinar: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_7YMDvYhGR6-Gxi5UQqpZHg

This webinar will be conducted by Grants.gov/HHS staff.

Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) Applicant Webinar
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 2:00-3:00 pm EST

USDA has $27 million in grant funds available to support the development, coordination and expansion of local and regional food markets, enterprises and producer-to-consumer marketing.

Register for the FMLFPP Webinar: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_JRENhf8cS2-AejGB2aAi4w

For more webinar information, see: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/webinars

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received before 11:59 pm Eastern Time May 26, 2020, through Grants.gov. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding.

Timing to Obtain and Submit Grants.gov Required Elements:

- AMS Deadline to receive final application and all supporting materials: May 26, 2020 – 11:59
p.m. [Eastern Time]
- Obtaining Your Organization’s DUNS Number (if you do not already have one): 1-2 business days
- Establishing an Active SAM.gov Account (if you do not already have one): 7-10 business days
- Obtaining a TIN/EIN (if you do not already have one): Up to 2 weeks
- Creating your Grants.gov profile and registering your Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) authorization: Up to 2 weeks

A 25 percent match of total Federal funds is required.

How to Apply:
https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/lfpp/how-do-i-apply-lfpp-grant

Local Food Promotion Program Overview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZcQTHMmw8I

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325157

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

After closely reviewing this RFA in its entirety, applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to contact the LFPP staff by e-mail with questions about the grant program at
USDALFPPQuestions@usda.gov.

CFDA Number:

10.172

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-AMS-TM-LFPP-G-20-0001

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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