What is the LFPP?

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) aims to increase access to and consumption of local foods by supporting the development and expansion of local food businesses. The program is also designed to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch ventures serving local markets. This grant can be very competitive with less than 20% of application awarded during the last cycle.

The LFPP program is divided into two grant categories: planning and implementation. Applicants can only receive one type of grant for each cycle. If awarded, the planning grant must be completed within a 18 month time period; implementation grants must be completed within 36 months. The LFPP requires a 25% funding match.

The application cycle for FY 2018 LFPP had a deadline of May 7, 2018. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov. Planning grants can be awarded up to $100,000 and implementation grants are a maximum of $500,000.

The LFPP Awards for FY 2018 have been announced with $13.4 million awarded to 44 awardees. You can view the list of awardees by clicking here.

More information about this program is available at the USDA’s LFPP web page.

How much funding has been available?


The FY2017 LFPP awarded 51 projects worth almost $13.4 million Click here to view a list of awardees and project descriptions.


LFPP had $13.3 million in grant funds available for FY 2016. Click here to view a list of awardees.


This year, LFPP awarded $13.3 million in grant funds to over 160 applicants.


For FY 2014, the LFPP awarded over $1.5 million in planning grants and over $11.1 million in implementation grants. Click here for a full list of awardees.


How can funds be used?

Eligible uses for the LFPP Planning Grant include:

  • Market research
  • Feasibility studies
  • Business planning
Eligible activities for the LFPP Implementation Grant include:

  • Training
  • Technical assistance
  • Outreach
  • Marketing
  • Working capital
  • Non-construction infrastructure improvements

Who can apply?

Eligible entities include:

  • Agricultural Cooperatives
  • Producer Network
  • Producer Association
  • Local Government
  • Non-Profit Corporation
  • Agricultural Businesses


  • Public Benefit Corporation
  • Economic Development Corporation
  • Regional Farmers Market Authority
  • Tribal Government
  • CSA Associations
  • CSA Network


How are the grants scored?

Category Max Points





20 points

25 points

20 points

20 points

15 points

Total 100 points