Apply for EPA’s “Local Foods, Local Places” Assistance Program by September 30
U.S. EPA invites communities to apply for a new round of planning assistance from Local Foods, Local Places program.
Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. ET 9/30/2019.
U.S. EPA’s Local Foods, Local Places program supports communities in their efforts to revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. If you’re working to revitalize your community by developing local food systems, then applying for 2019-2020 Local Foods, Local Places assistance is an action to consider strongly.
Local Foods, Local Places aims to support projects that do all of the following:
- Create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods.
- Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses.
- Improve access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged populations.
The Local Foods, Local Places program will provide selected communities planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. At the workshop, a team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that promotes local food and neighborhood revitalization. This assistance is not a grant, and the program does not provide money directly to communities.
In 2018, the program was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Northern Border Regional Commission.
- Ajo, Arizona
- Gloucester, Massachusetts
- Huntington, West Virginia
- North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
- Walterboro, South Carolina
Photo Essays From Local Foods, Local Places Workshops
Eligibility and Special Considerations
Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. Larger cities are encouraged to focus on a particular neighborhood rather than a city-wide project. We expect that many of the communities we select will be economically challenged and in the early phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization.
Communities with projects located in federally designated Opportunity Zones will receive special consideration this round. Highest consideration will be given to those communities who can identify how Local Foods, Local Places assistance will leverage the Opportunity Zone designation to support implementation of the resulting action plan.
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