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Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)

Type: Grants - matching resources required

Max award: No max - grants generally range from $25,000 - $135,000

Big idea: Funds are used to explore barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing food and forest products.

Who can apply: State Departments of Agriculture, but they often partner with local organizations, so see your State Department of Agriculture website for more information.

Possibilities: Given the broad flexibility of this program, there are many possibilities for projects, including:

  • Determining market demand for local products;
  • Building online marketing tools such MarketMaker;
  • Developing protocols for harvesting excess crops for local food banks;
  • Developing business plans for food hubs.

Real Example: The Maryland Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Future Harvest/Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and others, received $100,620 to increase the use of locally-produced sustainable proteins such as beef, pork, poultry, dairy, eggs, and seafood in Maryland health care facilities. This grant built upon two previous FSMIP grants facilitating increase consumption of locally-produced foods in Maryland hospitals.

Get more information: For more program information click here.