Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) and The Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) will be solicited through a competitive RFR process through the Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – Farm Bill

Deadline to apply is May 8 and the purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”

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Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)

Deadline to apply is May 1. The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) enables states to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. marketing system. Agricultural and commodity organizations, community-based organizations, economic development organizations, and groups that represent Native American and socially disadvantaged producers are encouraged to apply. Multi-state and/or regional initiatives are also encouraged to apply.

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Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP) & Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)

The goals of FMPP grants are 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, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. The maximum amount awarded for any one proposal cannot exceed $100,000; the minimum award is $15,000.

LFPP offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises 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. Details here.

Deadlines for both FMPP and LFPP are May 15 and applications are direct to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).