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 OUr Methods

OUr Objectives

  • Make local foods grant writing training widely available to interested parties.​

  • Reduce the time and effort required to apply for USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program grants.

  • Prepare successful applicants to manage their awards.​

  • State or regional-level in-person workshops
  • Webinars
  • Electronic copies of all materials

The AMSTA initiative shares knowledge through an in-person grant writing workshop, as well as additional tools and materials provided through the AMSTA website.  Workshops will focus on effective grant-writing practices, with an emphasis on USDA’s Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs.  Participation in an AMSTA workshop does not guarantee that an application submitted to USDA will be funded.