Grants Available to Support Local Farmers Markets

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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:33 pm | Updated: 10:41 pm, Tue Apr 24, 2012.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of approximately $10 million in competitive Farmers Market Promotion Program grants to support farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer infrastructure.

Funding priority will be given for the development and expansion of direct producer-to-consumer marketing outlets that sell healthy foods in food deserts, areas with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly areas composed of predominantly lower-income neighborhoods and communities, or low-income areas, where the percentage of the population living in poverty is at least 20 percent.

Eligible entities include local and Tribal governments, nonprofit corporations, agricultural cooperatives, economic development corporations, and regional farmers market authorities. The minimum award per grant is $5,000 and the maximum award per grant is $100,000.

SOURCE: Sustainable Strategies D.C.

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