Grants & Funding Opportunities
2018 Alaska Farmers Market Association Member Funding:
The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.
All applicants under FMPP must be domestic entities owned, operated, and located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands to be considered eligible. Entities that are eligible to apply include:
- Agricultural businesses
- Agricultural cooperatives
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks
- CSA associations
- Economic development corporations
- Local governments
- Nonprofit corporations
- Producer networks
- Producer associations
- Public benefit corporations
- Regional farmers’ market authorities
- Tribal governments
RFP are usually accepted each spring, annually. More information can be found here: USDA FMPP Program
FMC’s Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has partnered with the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) to provide eligible farmers markets and direct marketing farmers with free electronic benefit transfer (EBT) equipment necessary to process Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
- FMC will cover the costs of purchasing or renting SNAP EBT equipment and services (set-up costs, monthly service fees, and wireless fees) for up to three years. After their application has been approved, eligible farmers and farmers markets will choose their own SNAP EBT service provider from a list of participating companies: MarketLink, MerchantSource, PaymentSpring and TSYS. Transaction fees (for SNAP EBT, credit, and debit payments) will not be covered.
- NOTE: The 2017 iteration of the program closed on November 21. The USDA FNS anticipates reopening the program in 2018 at a date to be determined. Farmers markets and direct marketing farmers interested in obtaining equipment through this program once it reopens in 2018 should email FarmersMarket@fns.usda.gov to be placed onto a wait list.
- More information can be found here: FMC SNAP EBT Equipment Program