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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 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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status

Active

Program Number

10.172

Federal Agency/Office

Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Agricultural Marketing Service

Type(s) of Assistance Offered

Project Grants

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2014: Awarded 191 grants 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. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

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.

Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility

Agricultural cooperatives and other agricultural business entities (including community supported agriculture networks or associations) local governments, nonprofit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, Tribal governments, or other entities as the Secretary may designate. 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

Producers, local and regional food business enterprises, buyers, 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.

What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure

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 Procedure

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 for the planning and implementation grants must submit form SF-424 and SF-424B, an eligibility statement, written proof of eligibility, a narrative description of the proposal, a supplemental budget summary, and any supporting documents such as letters of commitment. 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 Procedure

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.

Approval/Disapproval Decision Time

From 120 to 180 days. Annual application deadlines are posted in Grants.gov and on the Agricultural Marketing Service website at www.ams.usda.gov. Funds are awarded by September 30 of each federal fiscal year.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Planning projects are not to exceed 12 months. Implementation projects are not to exceed 24 months. Additional time to complete the project may be requested.

How are proposals selected?

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.

How may assistance be used?

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.

What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting

Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. No progress reports are required. Six month 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 performance monitoring is required.

Auditing

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.

Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
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: Grant payments are made on an as-needed reimbursable basis over the grant period. Advance payments may be requested.

Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Nicole Nelson 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Rm. 4543, Stop 0234, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: USDALFPPQuestions@ams.usda.gov Phone: 202-720-2731

Website Address

http://www.ams.usda.gov/lfpp

Financial Information
Account Identification

12-2500-0-1-352.

Obligations

(Project Grants) FY 14 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 15 est $15,000,000; and FY 16 est $15,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

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

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 as well as links to final project reports are available at the program web site at www.ams.usda.gov/lfpp.

Examples of Funded Projects

Not Applicable.

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