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.

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.

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

How much funding has been available?

2016

LFPP has $13.3 million in grant funds available for FY 2016. For planning projects, the minimum grant award is $25,000 and maximum award is $100,000. For implementation projects, the minimum grant award is $100,000 and maximum award is $500,000. Click here to view a list of awardees.

2015

This year, LFPP awarded $13.3 million in grant funds to over 160 applicants. Planning grant applicants were awarded between $5,000-$25,000. Implementation grants were awarded between $25,000-$100,000.

2014

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
Purpose

Approach

Budget

Impact

Outreach

20 points

25 points

20 points

20 points

15 points

Total 100 points