Washington State Awards Local Food Infrastructure Grants

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has awarded more than $16 million in grants to help small farms and food businesses recover from ongoing economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Legislators designed the Local Food System Infrastructure Grants to improve the strength and resiliency Washington’s food systems. Applications were accepted from farmers, ranchers, food processors, food distributors, and other small businesses and organizations that aggregate, process, manufacture, transport, store, or sell foods that have been grown, caught, or raised in Washington state for Washington consumers. Grant amounts ranged from $10,000 to $750,000. Award beneficiaries can use grant funds for costs to improve local food system post-harvest infrastructure and market access such as equipment, facility improvements, supply chain and market access coordination, food safety improvements, workforce development, and related operating costs.