Local Food 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

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assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises (including those that are not direct producer-to-consumer markets).

These businesses must process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products.

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.


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Common Market Texas, Incorporated, The $ 494,458   2018-09-302021-09-29
Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative $ 374,110   2018-09-302021-09-29
Food Group Minnesota Inc..the $ 640,661   2018-09-302021-09-29
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University $ 662,452   2018-09-302021-09-29
University Of Arkansas System $ 651,814   2018-09-302021-09-29
Purdue University $ 515,448   2018-09-302021-09-29
Michigan State University $ 387,401   2018-09-302021-09-29
Familyfarmed $ 1,223,806   2018-09-302021-09-29
North South Institute, Inc. $ 438,509   2018-09-302021-09-29
Soky Marketplace, Inc. $ 266,452   2018-09-302021-09-29



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Two types of applications will be accepted under the Program: Planning and Implementation grants.

Applicants cannot be awarded both grant types within the same grant cycle.

Planning grants are used in the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local and regional food business enterprise.

Eligible activities can include but are not limited to market research, feasibility studies, and business planning.

Implementation grants are used to establish a new local and regional food business enterprise, or to improve or expand an existing local or regional food business enterprise.

Eligible activities can include but are not limited to training and technical assistance for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise; outreach and marketing to buyers and consumers; and non-construction infrastructure improvements to business enterprise facilities or information technology systems. Eligible entities may not use grant funds for the purchase, construction, or rehabilitation of a building or structure.

Funds must be used in accordance with the requirements of the Request for Applications and 2 CFR 200.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Agricultural businesses and 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, local and regional food business 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

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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, critical resources and infrastructure documentation, a narrative description of the proposal with budget summary, and any supporting documents. Letters of commitment may be required as applicable. Matching funds are required in the form of cash or an in-kind contribution in an amount equal to 25 percent of the total cost of the project.

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, Public Law 113-79.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Annual application deadlines are posted in Grants.gov and on the program?s website at www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/lfpp. Funds are awarded by September 30 of each federal fiscal year.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Planning projects are not to exceed 18 months. Implementation projects are not to exceed 36 months. Additional time to complete the project may be requested.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. This program does not have a statutory formula or MOE requirements. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. Matching funds are required in the form of cash or an in-kind contribution in an amount equal to 25 percent of the total cost of the project. 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: Assistance is awarded through a grant agreement. Grant payments are made by electronic fund transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

No cash reports are required.

Annual performance reports are required.

A final performance report is required within 90 days after the expiration date of the grant period.

The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

Annual financial reports (SF-425) are required.

A final SF-425 is required within 90 days after the expiration date of the grant period.

The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

AMS uses a variety of monitoring tools to ensure compliance with the legislated authority of the program and 2 CFR 200.

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 $15,000,000; FY 17 est $15,000,000; and FY 18 est $15,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

As provided for in the applicable request for applications. For planning grants, the minimum grant request is $25,000; maximum grant request is $100,000. For implementation grants, the minimum grant request is $100,000; maximum grant request is $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

USDA LFPP 1400 Independence Ave SW, RM 4543, Stop 0234, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: USDALFPPQuestions@ams.usda.gov Phone: 202-720-8713

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. Projects are peer review, scored and ranked by subject matter experts against the evaluation criteria in the grant program Request for Applications (RFA). Eligible Promise Zone applicants will receive five priority points as a component of the criteria used to evaluate applications.



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