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USDA Strengthening Local and Regional Food Economies through Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) Program - Application Due 05/14

Opportunity Title:

Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP)



Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)


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The RFSP supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. The RFSP focuses on building and strengthening local or regional food economy viability and resilience, and this includes pandemic response and recovery. Applicants will work with their partners to catalyze the development of local or regional food systems. Applicants will coordinate efforts within the partnership to set priorities, connect resources and services, and measure progress towards common goals.

Partnerships are authorized to:

  • Determine the size and scope of the local or regional food system in which the project’s goals, outreach objectives, and eligible activities are to be carried out,

  • Coordinate with AMS to receive technical assistance, and

  • Conduct outreach and education for potential participation in the partnership agreement and eligible activities.

Partnerships must bring a variety of financial and technical capabilities, demonstrate experience or readiness to work effectively and collaboratively with public and private entities across sectors, and present innovative, sustainable, and measurable approaches to achieving the project’s goals.



  • Producers

  • Farmer or Rancher Cooperatives

  • Producer Network or Associations

  • Majority-Controlled Producer Based Business Ventures

  • Food Councils

  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Networks or Associations

  • Local Governments

  • Nonprofit Corporations

  • Economic Development Corporations

  • Public Benefit Corporations

  • Regional Farmers Market Authorities

  • Tribal Governments


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Applications Due May 14, 2024



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