USDA offers a variety of funding opportunities to help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners finance their businesses. Explore the resources below to learn about funding programs that may meet your current business needs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) grant program. AMS will competitively award grants to eligible applicants for projects that support partnerships to plan and develop local or regional food systems.
Approximately $13.5 million in competitive grant funds in fiscal year (FY) 2020 is available for award through the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). LFPP is a component of the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), which is authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill under the Local Agriculture Marketing Program (LAMP). The goal of LFPP grants are to 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. LFPP offers both Planning and Implementation projects. For LFPP Planning, the minimum award is 25,000 and a maximum of $100,000 for up to 18 months (1.5 years). Applicants are expected to begin on September 30, 2020 and be completed by March 31, 2022. For LFPP Implementation projects, the minimum award is $100,000 and a maximum of $500,000 for a period of 36 months (3 years). Applicants are expected to begin September 30, 2020 and be completed by September 29, 2023. Matching funds of 25% of the Total Federal portion of the grant is required.
The purpose of PP is to support the development of projects that will either initiate, build upon, or expand the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. No single PP award will exceed $200,000 in any single year or $500,000 over three years. PPs may be designed to: Approximately $13.5 million in competitive grant funds in fiscal year (FY) 2020 is available to be awarded through the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP). The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is a component of the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), which is authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill under the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). The goals of FMPP grants are to develop, coordinate, and expand direct producer to consumer markets to help increase access to and availability and regionally produced agricultural products. FMPP offers both Capacity Building (CB) and Community Development, Training and Technical Assistance (CTA) projects. For CB projects, the minimum grant award is $50,000 and maximum award is $250,000. For CTA projects, the minimum grant award is $100,000 and maximum award $500,000. The official performance period must begin on September 30, 2020. Both CB and CTA FMPP projects are awarded for up to 36 months (3 years) and are expected to be completed by September 29, 2023. Matching funds of 25% of the Total Federal portion of the grant is required.
NRCS is announcing the availability of Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials) to stimulate the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches in partnership with agricultural producers. For 2020, applications are accepted from eligible entities for projects addressing at least one priority listed in this announcement. Up to $25 million is available for On-Farm Trials in 2020. NRCS anticipates that up to $10 million of On-Farm Trials funding in 2020 will be awarded to entities applying for the Soil Health Demonstration Trial (SHD) component. On-Farm Trials projects may be between 3 and 5 years in duration. The maximum amount for a single award in FY 2020 is $5 million.
FLOOR-CENTER AWARD: $259K-5M
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