Technical assistance available through Local Foods, Local Places 2015
July 17, 2015
(From the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Blog). This is a Federal program.
Local Foods, Local Places 2015
The Local Foods, Local Places Initiative is once again accepting applications from communities seeking technical assistance to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Announced on June 30, 2015, the Initiative’s request for applications represents the second time that communities around the U.S. (including neighborhoods or main street districts) can apply for assistance from a team of agricultural, transportation, public health, environmental, and regional economic experts from a partnership of six federal agencies.
The partnership consists of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority.
Rather than providing grant funding, the initiative provides up to $800,000 in direct technical assistance to communities to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food and promote childhood wellness, and create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods. The assistance process features a community workshop that brings people together to develop shared goals and steps to achieve them.
Applications are available online and are due on September 15, 2015.