Auburn, Alabama– A free webinar focusing on effective grant writing strategies for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) programs such as the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) is set for Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. until noon.
Local Food Promotion Program planning grant awards range from $25,000 to $100,000. The LFPP implementation grant awards range from $100,000 to $500,000. The minimum FY 2017 Farmers’ Market Promotion Program award is $50k000 and the maximum is $500,000. Grant specialist will provide an overview of these grants and answer questions. The webinar is open to all individuals and groups seeking to better connect agricultural producers and consumers through local food systems.
Janice Hall, a regional Alabama Extension food safety agent, said participants will be able to apply what they learn to grant writing for multiple segments.
“People attending the workshop will find the techniques and skills they learn useful for developing applications for all USDA agencies,” said Hall.
The workshop is open to all individuals and groups seeking to better connect agricultural producers and consumers through local food systems.
“The training will cover all aspects of grant writing from developing the initial idea to drafting a proposal to preparing the final application,” added Hall.
How to Participate
To join online from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android go to https://auburn.zoom.us/j/393459146.Connect using computer/device audio if possible.
To join via telephone go to meeting ID: 393 459 146. Dial +1 408 638 0968 (U.S.Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (U.S. Toll)
To access grant forms ahead of time, go to https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/lfpp/how-do-i-apply-lfpp-grant and https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/fmpp/how-do-i-apply-fmpp-grant
The 2014 Farm Bill authorized $30 million annually through 2018 for Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program awards competitive grants. The grants are to develop new market opportunities for farm operations serving local and regional markets. The Farmers Market Promotion Program supports farmers markets and other direct producer-to-consumer activities. The Local Food Promotion Program supports enterprises that aggregate, store, distribute and process local and regional food.
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