USDA Agricultural Marketing Service requests applications for the fiscal year 2021 Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) grant program. Approximately $15.3 million will be available. The RFSP supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. The RFSP focuses on building and strengthening local or regional food economy viability and resilience, and this includes pandemic response and recovery. Applicants will work with their partners to catalyze the development of local or regional food systems. Applicants will coordinate efforts within the partnership to set priorities, connect resources and services, and measure progress towards common goals. RFSP Planning and Design projects range from $100,000 to $250,000. Implementation and Expansion projects range from $250,000 to $1 million. Matching funds of 10% to 25% are required, depending upon the funding source.
Applications are due by July 6, 2021.