Federal Grant Writing Workshop: Learn Successful Strategies for Writing Winning Grants for Local Foods

March 16, 2015
4184 Dorney Park Road Allentown, PA 18104

Free and open to the public
Refreshments Provided

Do you operate a local food related business, organization, or farmers market?  Are you seeking funding to expand your work and impact on the local food system?

Penn State Extension is pleased to be working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the four Regional Rural Development Centers in offering workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the $30 million Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. This effort is known as the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) project.


As you may know, the USDA views the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program as a key to revitalizing rural economies by supporting local and regional food systems. The expectation is that these grant workshops will allow communities and businesses nationally to develop and submit competitive grant proposals that stimulate economic activity while also meeting the increasing demand for food that is grown locally or regionally. This grant writing workshop will walk participants through all you need to know to navigate and apply for the upcoming 2015 USDA Farm Bill grants which provide funding for food system projects including:

  • Local Food Promotion Program grant consists of two types of funding, a planning grant and an implementation grant for a broad variety of food system activities including: growing, aggregating, processing, or selling regionally produced food.
  • The Farmers Market Promotion Program grant is designed to support farmers market activities and promotion.