Get Support for Your RFSP Application
Planning to apply for a USDA Regional Food System Partnership grant? The Wallace Center is here to support you as you develop your proposal:
Weekly RFSP Office Hours
The Wallace Center will also be hosting weekly office hours to answer questions, brainstorm, and provide support on RFSP grant applications. Office hours are Tuesday June 8, June 15, June 22 and June 29 at 4pm ET/1pm PT. You can register here.
Office hours will be open spaces where you can drop in to ask specific questions, or just listen; there’s no need to attend the whole hour. Access the notes from the Office Hours here.
There has never been a better time to apply for USDA LAMP Grants…
In early May, the USDA announced $92 million in competitive funding for its 2021 Local Agricultural Marketing Program (LAMP) Grants. This is almost triple the amount of past funding cycles. Funding will be funneled through its Farmers Market Promotion Program, Local Food Promotion Program, and Regional Food Systems Partnership Grants.
In conjunction with increased funding for local and regional food systems, USDA has shifted its match requirements* to make the grants accessible to more organizations and is committed to strengthening outreach to underserved producers and communities, and small and medium agricultural operations.
*Typically these grants require that applicants provide a 25% match to the amount of federal funds requested in their applications. For 2021, applicants have the option of providing only a 10% match.
The increase in LAMP funding this year presents a unique opportunity for these programs to have a much greater impact. USDA is working to ensure that this funding reaches previously underserved communities, especially BIPOC-led and rural organizations.
In addition to looking to diversify the pool of applicants, USDA is also recruiting peer reviewers who have experience in local and regional food systems development. The Wallace Center is working with USDA to spread the word and we need your help!
Below you’ll find shareable resources about this opportunity as well as proposal development tools for prospective applicants.
We will be updating this page regularly as information becomes available. Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Tap into these resources for support, and continue scrolling for additional information and support available for LAMP grant applicants:
RFA Due Dates
Spread the Word + Access Proposal Development Tools!
Upcoming Support from the USDA
Past Support Webinars from the Wallace Center
Key USDA Links
These grants include funding from the 2018 Farm Bill funding and Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 emergency funds coordinated through the agency’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers. 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].