Farmers Market Promotion Program

To increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop 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 domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Regents Of The University Of California, The $ 495,186   2018-09-302021-09-29
Western Kentucky University $ 481,331   2018-09-302021-09-29
Wayne County Farmers Co-op, Inc $ 249,807   2017-09-302020-09-29
Vital Communities, Inc. $ 236,069   2017-09-302020-09-29
Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc. $ 468,425   2017-09-302020-09-29
Hoosier Farmers Market Association, Inc. $ 494,395   2017-09-302020-09-29
Franklin County Farmers' Market Inc. $ 199,245   2017-09-302020-09-29
Williamson Health & Wellness Center, Inc $ 250,000   2017-09-302020-09-29
Seacoast Eat Local, Inc. $ 176,810   2017-09-302020-09-29
Housing Authority Of The County Of Los Angeles, The $ 80,894   2017-09-302020-09-29



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: Awards and final performance reports are posted on the program?s website at www.ams.usda.gov/fmpp. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Two types of applications will be accepted under the Program: Capacity Building and Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance grants.

Capacity Building (CB) projects are intended to assist applicants in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, CSA programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.

CB projects should demonstrate a direct benefit to farm and ranch operations serving local markets (including new and beginning farmers) and maximize the involvement of farmers and ranchers and community organizations.

Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance (CTA) projects are intended to support applicants? efforts to provide outreach, training, and technical assistance to farm and ranch operations serving local markets and other interested parties for developing, improving, and expanding of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, CSA programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.

CTA projects should engage a diverse set of local and regional foods stakeholders, including farmers and ranchers, to illustrate a substantive effect on the local and regional food system and stakeholders. Eligible entities may not use grant funds for the purchase, construction, or rehabilitation of a building or structure .

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Agricultural cooperatives, local governments, nonprofit corporations, producer networks, producer associations, community supported agriculture networks, community supported agriculture associations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and Tribal governments.

Projects and applicants must be owned, operated, and located within the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S.

territories (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S.

Virgin Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Projects that benefit producers, direct marketing enterprises, and consumers.

Credentials/Documentation

A grant agreement is entered into between the administering Federal agency and the State agency that submits the application. OMB Guidance for Grants Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR part 200 and 2 CFR 400 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. OMB Guidance for Grants Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR part 200 and 2 CFR 400 applies to this program. Applicants must submit forms SF-424, and SF-424B, an eligibility statement, written proof of eligibility, critical resources and infrastructure documentation, a narrative description of the proposal; a supplemental budget summary, and any supporting documents. Letters of commitment may be required as applicable.

Award Procedures

The requests are reviewed and approved or disapproved by the Agricultural Marketing Service in competition with other applications received. Recipients are notified of the amount awarded by email. Grant payments are made by electronic fund transfer.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Section 5 of the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1976, Public Law 94-463, as amended by Section 10003 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, Public Law 113-79. The authorization covers two competitive grants, the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), a no-match grant, under CFDA number 10.168; and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), a 25 percent matching grant, under CFDA number 10.172. , Public Law 113-79.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Annual application deadlines are posted in Grants.gov and on the program?s website at www.ams.usda.gov/FMPP. Funds are awarded by September 30 of each federal fiscal year.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Awards are generally for three years. Additional time to complete the project may be requested.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant payments are made on an as-needed reimbursable basis over the grant period. Advance payments may be requested. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As provided for in agreements.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

Annual performance reports and financial reports are required.

A final performance report and a final financial report are required within 90 days after the expiration date of the grant period.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Annual performance reports and financial reports are required.

A final performance report and a final financial report are required within 90 days after the expiration date of the grant period.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 2 CFR part 200, Subpart F - Audit requirements apply.

Records

Recipients must retain financial and other records relating to grant for a period of three years after the final Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is received by the Agricultural Marketing Service or until final resolution of any audit findings or litigation claims relating to this program.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-2500-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $15,000,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

As provided for in the applicable request for applications.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A request for proposals is announced each year via Federal Register notice, www.grants.gov, and the program web site. Additional information about the Local Food Promotion Program is available at the program web site at www.ams.usda.gov/fmpp.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

USDA FMPP 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: USDAFMPPQuestions@ams.usda.gov Phone: 202-720-8317

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Project selection is based on several factors, including how well the proposed project will accomplish the Program objectives, quality of proposal, and impact on project beneficiaries. Eligible Promise Zone applicants will receive five priority points as a component of the criteria used to evaluate applications.



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