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 is currently open with a deadline of May 7. 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.
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?
- Market research
- Feasibility studies
- Business planning
- Technical assistance
- 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?