2022 Alaska Farmers Market Association Funding:

Application deadline has passed

The Alaska Farmers Market Association is pleased to announce the opening of its application for Specialized Marketing Assistance to all member markets, farm stands, and food hubs.  This program is funded by a USDA FMPP Grant and will be distributed by fiscal sponsoring organization, Cook Inletkeeper. We have $15,000 to distribute amongst eligible markets, farmstands, and food hubs for the 2022 Market Season.

  • Eligible expenses for Specialized Marketing Assistance: can be used for advertising costs such as radio, newspaper, signage, or other outreach materials. Merchandise and Chef Demos are not eligible this year.
  • Please complete the following application by FRIDAY, MAY 20th.  You will be notified by MAY 27th if awarded, and we’ll need a really quick turnaround on acceptance agreements, so we can get funds distributed quickly.
  • Any costs incurred since January 1, 2022 are reimbursable.  All receipts and reports will be due by September 29th (but you may submit as soon as your project is complete) – this is HARD DEADLINE, as we have our own.
  • Reporting requirements include: how funds were used (with receipts), photos (jpgs) of project (ads), thank you letter/posts, etc.
  • Your market, farmstand, or food hub will be required to report at least three data points, which may include: customer counts, farmers affected, sales, SNAP redemptions, and more- a more detailed package will be sent to you if selected. You must commit to collecting data for the full 2022 season in order to accept this funding
 

 

USDA FMPP

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products by developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales or other direct producer-to-consumer (including direct producer-to-retail, direct producer-to-restaurant and direct producer-to-institutional marketing) market opportunities. A 25% match is required.

All applicants must be domestic entities owned, operated and located within the 50 U.S. 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 and cooperatives
  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks and associations
  • Food Councils
  • Economic development corporations
  • Local governments
  • Nonprofit and public benefit corporations
  • Producer networks or associations
  • Regional farmers’ market authorities
  • Tribal governments

RFP are usually accepted each spring, annually.  More information can be found here: USDA FMPP Program