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USDA Regional Food Business Centers - Federal Grants

Funding Opportunity Overview

USDA Regional Food Business Centers is a Discretionary grant funded by Agricultural Marketing Service. It's award amount is up to $50,000,000 and 20 awards are expected. It is categorized in Agriculture. The grants is open to all (government, organization, and/or individual) entities. The application deadline (close date) to apply is 2023-01-06 (-27 days left).
The following table summarizes the USDA Regional Food Business Centers opportunity.
Opportunity NumberUSDA-AMS-TM-LRFD-C-0001
Opportunity TitleUSDA Regional Food Business Centers
Opportunity CategoryDiscretionary
Funding Instrument TypeCooperative Agreement
Post DateSeptember 13, 2022 (Tuesday)
Last Updated DateDecember 16, 2022 (Friday)
Close DateJanuary 6, 2023 (Friday)
Award Amount$15,000,000 - $50,000,000

Detailed Funding Description

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 USDA Regional Food Business Centers (Regional Food Centers). The Regional Food Centers will serve as the cornerstone of USDA’s development of local and regional supply chains.
They will offer coordination, technical assistance, and capacity building support to small and mid-sized food and farm businesses, with the goal of creating a more resilient, diverse, and competitive food system. AMS will award cooperative agreements to regionally based partners to support USDA’s work on regional food supply chains.
USDA is using approximately $400 million in funds authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Pub. L. No. 116—260, Division N, Title VII, Subtitle B, Section 751 to develop and implement the program, with approximately $360 million going directly to fund the Regional Centers.
Through this solicitation, AMS will fund at least six USDA Regional Food Centers. There are three High Priority Areas that will each have at least one Regional Center specifically serving all or part of that area: Colonias (counties on the US/Mexico border), high need areas of the Delta and the Southeast, and the high need areas of Appalachia.
In addition, there will be one national Tribal Center. There will also be Regional Food Centers that serve other areas of the country beyond these High Priority areas and the Tribal Center.This announcement identifies the eligibility criteria for USDA Regional Food Centers, and the application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for a USDA Regional Food Center agreement.
This program is intended to benefit small and mid-sized producers, processors, aggregators, and distributors that sell into all types of markets, including local and regional markets. This program is inclusive of all types of products produced locally or regionally, including fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, grains, and dairy.

Dates and Awards Details

The following table shows the dates and awards information in detail for USDA Regional Food Business Centers federal grants. It posted on 2022-09-13 and will be closed on 2023-01-06.
The maximum award amount is $50,000,000 and the award floor amount is $15,000,000.
Agency NameAgricultural Marketing Service
Important Dates
Post DateSeptember 13, 2022 (Tuesday)
Close DateJanuary 6, 2023 (Friday)
Last Updated DateDecember 16, 2022 (Friday)
Archive DateFebruary 6, 2023 (Monday)
Awards Detail
Award Floor$15,000,000
Award Ceiling$50,000,000
Expected Number Of Awards20
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Additional InformationMain Program Website
Additional Information URLhttps://www.ams.usda.gov/services/local-regional/rfbcp

CFDA Numbers

The next CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) numbers are associated to this federal grant.
  • 10.186

Categories of Funding Activities

  • Agriculture
  • No Additional Explanation Reported

Funding Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:
  • State governments
  • Additional Information: Producer Network or Association Food Council State Agencies and Regional AuthoritiesEconomic Development Corporations

Grantor Contact Information

Grantor DetailSamantha Schaffstall Dopp
Branch Chief
Emailsamantha.schaffstall@usda.gov
(Work Email)