$133 million now available from USDA to support local and regional food systems

$133 Million Available From USDA to Support Local and Regional Food Systems

There has never been a better time to apply for USDA LAMP Grants…
The USDA just announced $133 million in competitive funding for its 2023 Local Agricultural Marketing Program (LAMP) Grants. This is a huge increase from past funding cycles–$36 million more than last years banner amount. Funding is available through the Farmers Market Promotion Program, Local Food Promotion Program, and Regional Food Systems Partnership Grants. Applications are due May 2, 2023 at 11:59 Eastern Time.

These grants are a fantastic opportunity to get the support your work needs, but they can be tricky to design and apply for, so get started early! Below you’ll find resources about these grants, as well as tools to help you create winning proposals.

We will be updating this page regularly as information becomes available. Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Upcoming Webinars and Trainings
Federal Grantwriting: Proposal Development 101 with Dr. Barrett Vaughan
Four-part training, hosted in partnership with Dr. Barrett Vaughan from Tuskegee University, beginning April 3 that will lead you through the process of refining and finetuning the idea for your proposed project. Each 1-hour session will be followed by Q&A. Additional Office Hours will be held later in April for BIPOC-led organizations. Register here.

  • April 3: Brainstorming and Capturing a Vision  
  • April 5: Selection and Defining an Idea  
  • April 10: Structuring Objectives  
  • April 12: Identifying Measurable Outcomes and Developing Tasks  

LAMP Grants: Tips for Writing a Winning Application
This April 4 webinar will feature folks from the USDA and former reviewers who will offer insights and ideas for creating compelling and competitive applications that will resonate with grant reviewers. We will talk through changes to the new RFAs for the Local Food and Farmers Market Promotion Programs and Regional Food System Partnership Grant, go over the review process and evaluation criteria, and talk through common mistakes and characteristics of successful proposals. Register here.

Support from the USDA

Past Support Webinars from the Wallace Center

Key USDA Links

Please note that this information is not an official USDA communication and use of any of these resources does not guarantee funding. If you’re looking for support with the administrative logistics of submitting a grant proposal, such as navigating Grants.gov or ensuring budget compliance, please contact USDA AMS at [email protected].

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