Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

Grant Programs

USDA

Organizations can apply for a maximum amount of $250,000 for a single year, with a grant maximum of $750,000 over a 3-year period. There is no match required for applications and only one project proposal may be submitted per eligible entity. Grant funding will be awarded to three categories of applicants:

Category 1 – Minority serving academic institutions (e.g., 1890 and 1994 Land Grant Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions)
Category 2 – Non-profit, community-based organizations, and Eligible Tribal Entities or National Tribal organizations
Category 3 – Academic institutions and organizations (e.g., 1862 Land Grant Universities, including those that received funding under this program before January 1, 1996)

Importantly, organizations must have demonstrated expertise working with underserved, socially disadvantaged, and/or veteran farmer communities during the 3-year period preceding the submission of the application.

USDA is soliciting project proposals that address the following program mission areas, which are slightly different from last year. Proposals from eligible entities must address at least two of the five following programmatic mission areas as they develop their goals:

Assist underserved, military veteran farmers and ranchers, including beginning farmers and ranchers in owning and operating successful farms and ranches;
Improve participation among underserved or military veteran farmers and ranchers in USDA programs;
Build relationships between current and prospective farmers and ranchers who are underserved or military veterans and USDA’s local, state, regional, and National offices;
Assist in reaching current and prospective underserved farmers, ranchers, or forest landowners in a linguistically appropriate manner; and
Assist with identifying the problems and barriers that underserved farmers experience and working towards minimizing or alleviating those issues to enable their equitable participation in USDA programs.

Deadline to apply:

July 5, 2024

The HFFI Planning Grant Program is a new grant program under the expanded America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative.

A planning grant aims to transform an idea into an actionable plan and support access to the resources needed to advance towards implementation. Applicants will be expected to identify and implement planning activities that include (but are not limited to):

Assessing the community to be served
Evaluating site locations
Architectural design or other site planning
Evaluating and/or selecting a feasible business model
Establishing and training a project team and/or project lead
Solidifying community partnerships
Vetting and selecting a prospective developer, general manager, or retail operator
Development of a business plan and/or operating financials
Assessing capital funding needs
Conducting community engagement activities that will support the development of a business model that is inclusive of relevant stakeholder communities, targeted beneficiaries, and affected populations

At least $6,000,000 is available for grants for the 2024 HFFI Planning Grant Program. Grant awards will be between $10,000 – $150,000.

The program will support early stage planning and development of projects aiming to strengthen, expand, and innovate within the food retail supply chain. Applicants must demonstrate how the business model(s) they are planning will contribute to food access through the availability of Staple and Perishable Foods for retail sale.

Grant uses could include (but are not limited to):

Community Engagement: consumer/community engagement support and activities, governance support & activities, community food assessments
Business, feasibility, and operations planning/development: Information gathering and decision-making activities such as market research or personnel that will support outreach activities, feasibility studies, financial analysis, business/strategic planning, development of proformas and business financials, staff training, financial or development consultants, project management, marketing & advertisement (including online and print), etc.
Construction predevelopment: site location analysis, appraisals, architectural or design assistance, and soft costs that will indirectly support the acquisition and/or pre-construction preparation of land such as legal support, permitting, fees, and environmental/energy assessments
Other capital needs: including one-time investments into capital needs for the planning and development of a business model’s operations such as capital campaign planning, or development of technology (i.e. build out of a website) that will operationalize the next phase of the project

Grants may not be used for brick and mortar facility development.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Monday, June 17, 2024.
An informational webinar will be held for potential applicants at 2:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, May 16, 2024. To register for the webinar, go to: https://bit.ly/hffi-planning-grant.

Applications are due:

June 17, 2024

WRASAP is offering funding opportunities to partners, collaborators, and stakeholders. Proposals for funds should address causes and solutions for agricultural stress in the Western region. WRASAP is offering two opportunities to apply for mini grants in 2024. Application deadlines are April 30, 2024 and July 31, 2024.

Apply for up to $5,000 to educate yourself/your organization or reduce agriculture-related stress and/or prevent agricultural suicides in your state/territory. Funding is available in the following three categories: Translation, Outreach, and Professional Development.

Proposals submitted May 1st - June 30th will be identified as Quarter 2. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by July 31.

Oregon Department of Agriculture

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity to help Oregon producers and processors access the school marketplace. Application materials are now available at ODA’s Farm to School webpage:  http://oda.direct/F2S. The deadline to apply is April 10, 2024, by 5:00pm.

While the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is responsible for allocating most of the Farm to School funds in Oregon, ODA oversees $500,000 for the 2023-2025 biennium in equipment and infrastructure grants for producers who intend to expand sales or start selling to schools and other eligible entities described below.

The goal of this competitive grant program is to provide financial resources for Oregon farmers, ranchers, seafood harvesters, fishermen, and processors with specific equipment and infrastructure needs, and who intend to sell food produced (grown, harvested, gathered, raised, caught or processed) in Oregon to any of the following ODE Child Nutrition Program (CNP) food sponsors and Tribal entities:

  • A school district participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP);
  • A provider of center-based programs for children in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP);
  • An entity that provides meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP); and
  • Tribal schools, Tribal Early Learning/Childhood Education sites, and other Tribal youth meal programs.

Grant Informational Webinar: https://youtu.be/qZ-_hm8wa6A

RFA Closes:

April 10, 2024

Contact:

503-709-5360

USDA

The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter value-added activities to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. You may receive priority if you are:
Beginning farmer or rancher.
Socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher.
Small or medium-sized farm.
Ranch structured as a family farm.
Farmer or rancher cooperative.
Proposing a mid-tier value chain.
Program Funding: Approximately $31 million in total available funding.
Maximum Grant Amount: Planning Grants $75,000; Working Capital Grants: $250,000.
Matching Funds Requirements: Cost share match requirement of 100 percent of the grant amount required for all applications.
Deadlines: April 11, 2024 for electronic applications; April 16, 2024 for paper applications
More information here: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/business-programs/value-added-producer-grants#overview

Electronic applications due:

April 11, 2024

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award Infrastructure Grants and Simplified Equipment-Only grants to expand capacity for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, and distribution of Idaho food products.

Grant purpose: Expand capacity for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, and distribution of Idaho food products. ISDA will be passing through funds as competitive grants to support infrastructure in the middle-of-the-supply chain for Idaho food and farm businesses to improve the resilience of Idaho’s supply chain. Stakeholder-informed priorities are:

  • Transportation,
  • Distributor development
  • Retail market development

Grant amounts:

  • Simplified Equipment – Only Projects – smaller grants between $10,000 and $100,000 for equipment purchases.
  • Infrastructure Grant – the minimum award amount is $100,000 and the maximum award amount of $3,000,000.

Applications: deadline is March 15, 2024.

Upcoming Q&A session: March 7, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain Time. Join here. Recorded application webinar also available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvXb6Q50-TI&feature=youtu.be.

Application deadline:

March 15, 2024

Contact:

Grant purpose: Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) received $9.4 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to support the one-time-only Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI), with the purpose of building resilience across Washington state’s middle-of-the-food-supply-chain – aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, and distribution – for locally and regionally produced foods including specialty crops, dairy, grains for human consumption, aquaculture, and other food products, excluding meat and poultry.

Grant amounts: range from $100,000 to $3,000,000, with a portion of the funds allocated toward strengthening supply chain coordination and targeted market development services.

Applications: Open Request for Applications in late Spring 2024

Application process: Grants will be awarded through a competitive review process to open in late spring. Each applicant will be evaluated by an independent review panel of experts and qualified individuals.

Contact:

To build resilience in the middle of the food supply chain, to provide more and better markets to small farms and food businesses, to support the development of value-added products for consumers, fair prices, fair wages, and new and safe job opportunities.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced $5 million in competitive grant funding for the Regional Food System Partnerships Program (RFSP) to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage resilience and development of local or regional food systems.

Grant application period closes:

May 14, 2024

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