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 applications awarded during the last cycle.

The LFPP program is divided into two grant categories: planning and implementation project types. 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 application cycle for FY 2019 LFPP has a deadline of June 18, 2019. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov. Approximately $11.5 million will be available to fund applications. Planning grant awards are between $25,000 and $100,000 and implementation grant awards are between $100,000 and $500,000. The LFPP requires a 25 percent match of total Federal Funds.

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

How much funding has been available?

2018

The FY 2018 LFPP awarded $13.4 million to 44 awardees. You can view the list of awardees by clicking here.

2017

The FY 2017 LFPP awarded 51 projects worth almost $13.4 million. Click here to view a list of awardees and project descriptions.

2016

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

2015

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

 

 

How can funds be used?

Eligible uses for the LFPP Planning Grant can include but are not limited to:

  • Market research
  • Feasibility studies
  • Business planning
Eligible activities for the LFPP Implementation Grant can include but are not limited to:

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

Who can apply?

Eligible entities include:

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

How is the LFPP Grant Scored?
The following is the scoring structure for LFPP grants based on the 2019 Request for Applications for both programs.

Category

Max Points

Description

Alignment and Intent

25 points

The extent to which

1) The application provides a clear and concise description of the specific issue, problem, or need and objectives for the project.

2) The project helps develop, coordinate and expand local and regional food businesses (including those that are not direct producer-to-consumer markets) that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products and an agricultural local and regional food system infrastructure.

3) The applicant identifies the intended beneficiaries, including the number of beneficiaries and how they will benefit.

Technical Merit

25 points

The extent to which

1) The application presents a clear, well-conceived, and overall suitable methodology for fulfilling the goals and objectives of the proposed project.

2) The application presents a realistic schedule for implementing the proposed project during the award project period.

3) The previous lessons learned are incorporated into the proposed project, if the project and/or entity was previously funded.

Achievability

15 points

The extent to which

1) The outcomes and indicator (s) are feasible for the scale and scope of the project including:

a. how indicator numbers were derived, with a clear means to collect feedback to evaluate and achieve each relevant outcome indicator (s); and

b. the anticipated key factors that are predicted to contribute to and restrict progress toward the applicable indicators, including action steps for addressing identified restricting factors.

2) The proposed project can be easily adapted to other regions, communities, or agricultural systems.

3) The applicant provides a comprehensive plan to disseminate the project’s results (both positive and negative) electronically and in-person to target audiences, stakeholders, and interested parties.

Expertise and Partners

25 points

The extent to which

1)The proposed project represents qualifications of the applicant (individual and team) and the relevant partnerships and collaborations to accomplish the project’s goals and objectives and to meet the needs of the intended beneficiaries including:

a. Commitment from the key staff demonstrated through Letters of Commitment from Partner and Collaborator Organizations;

b. The key staff who will be responsible for managing the projects and names and titles of the individuals who comprise the Project Team; and

c. The expertise and experience of the Project Team necessary to successfully manage and implement the proposed project.

2) The application describes plans for coordination, communication, and data sharing, and reporting among members of the Project Team and stakeholder groups, including both internal applicant personnel and external partners and collaborators.

3) The application describes how the project, and its partnerships and collaborations, will be sustained beyond the project’s period of performance (without grant funds).

Fiscal Plan and Resources

10 points

The extent to which

1) The application budget narrative or justification provides a clear, detailed, narrative description for each budget line item including:

a. How the budget is consistent with the size and scope of the project; and

b. How the budget relates logically to the narrative describing the project.

2) The application provides evidence that critical resources and infrastructure that are necessary for the initiation and completion of the proposed project are currently in place.

3) The applicant demonstrates that its partners’ or collaborators’ contribution of non-Federal cash resources or in-kind contributions is available and obtainable for the project as evidenced through the submitted Matching Funds and Letters of Verification.

Total 100 points