Local and Regional Food Project Grants, Debt Relief for BIPOC Farmers, Regional Conservation Partnership Program, and NSAC is Hiring in the latest news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
$ 76.9 Million in Local and Regional Food Project Grants Now Available
On May 5, 2021 USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of $ 76.9 million in funding for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP). FMLFPP has two subprograms – the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) – with a separate Request for Applications (RFA) for each subprogram. Both programs provide grants on a competitive basis for a wide variety of direct-to-consumer and local food marketing projects. Read more about eligibility and changes to the application process this year at our blog.
The deadline to apply for both local and regional food project grants is June 21, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT and all submissions must be done through grants.gov.
Farm Debt Relief Now Available for BIPOC Producers
The American Rescue Plan included $ 5 billion in direct aid for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is charged with implementing this provision, with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) responsible for distributing the approximately $ 4 billion in farm debt relief payments for BIPOC producers who have farm loans made directly by FSA or through private lenders (i.e. Farm Credit, ag banks) with USDA guarantees.
USDA recently released more information on how these relief funds will be distributed and what farmers need to know about accessing this relief. In our blog, we summarize answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Regional Conservation Partnership Program: Funding Available and Awards
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced its list of fiscal year (FY) 2021 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) awards. In addition, USDA announced the availability of up to $ 75 million for Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFAs) under RCPP. Applications for RCPP AFA will be accepted until May 28, 2021.
Head over to our blog for background on RCPP, highlights of FY 2021 awards, and details on current and upcoming RCPP funding opportunities.
NSAC Is Hiring (Deadline Extended)! Climate Policy Coordinator
Passionate about addressing the climate crisis? Love working in a collaborative context? NSAC is seeking a Climate Policy Coordinator. This person will engage in all elements of the Coalition’s climate change policy work in close collaboration with NSAC policy and grassroots staff and coalition members. In addition, the Climate Policy Coordinator will work with other members of the policy team on shared campaigns and help to further our racial equity efforts. Learn more and apply online by next Sunday, May 16th.