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. 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 FMPP and LFPP Grants Scored?
The following is the scoring structure for FMPP and LFPP grants based on the 2018 Request for Applications for both programs.


Max Points


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 increases domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products and develops new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of 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.
  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.

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; 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 adaptable 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 the individuals (name and title) 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 Plans 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. The budget is consistent with the size and scope of the project; and b. 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 its partners’ or collaborators’ contribution of non-Federal cash resources or in-kind contributions are available and obtainable for the project as evidenced through the submitted Matching Fund and Letters of Verification.
Total 100 points