Thursday, February 21, 2008

Farmers' Market Promotion Program Grants

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $1 million in competitive grant funds to support farmers markets and other direct marketing projects through the Fiscal Year 2008 FARMERS MARKET PROMOTION PROGRAM (FMPP) grants.

We urge agricultural cooperatives, local governments, non-profit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmer’s market authorities, and Tribal governments to consider developing proposals for the 2008 FMPP grant program. The allocation of grant funds will be carried out in a single round of competition. Eligible entities must be owned, operated and located within one or more of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. The maximum amount of any one proposal is $75,000; matching funds are not required.

Listed below are links to the application materials:
§ Notice of Funding Availability (Federal Register, February 7, 2008)
§ FMPP Guidelines
§ FMPP forms and website links
o SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance)
o SF-424A (Budget Information)
o SF-424B (Assurances Form)
o TM-29 Project Proposal Narrative Form
o TM-30 Supplemental Budget Summary Form
§ FMPP Application Checklist

Application forms and program guidelines are also available at the AMS FMPP grant program website at . FMPP applications must be submitted by express mail and postmarked on or before March 24, 2008. No extensions past the deadline will be considered.

All proposals will be given full consideration in an impartial review process and selection. We are looking forward to FMPP’s 3rd year of competition to receive innovative proposals that will assist us in expanding the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities and strengthening the nation’s farmers markets.

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