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Monday, January 14, 2008

Grants Available For Farmers Markets

Gov. Ed Rendell last week announced a new $75,000 investment in farmers markets to improve consumer access to Pennsylvania products. Development and expansion grants of up to $10,000 are available through the Farmers Market Development Matching Grant Program for eligible farmers, nonprofit organizations, local government units and businesses or associations that manage or operate farmers markets. Each applicant must provide at least 10 percent of the grant amount in matching or in-kind services. The Farmers Market Development Act of 2006 was established to award grants for the development or expansion of farmers markets. Grants may be used for the following eligible projects:

· The cost of developing a business plan for a new farmers market; Predevelopment costs associated with opening a new farmers market, including but not limited to site selection, demographic research, farmer recruitment and sales potential analysis;

· Promotion of an existing farmers market through marketing materials, media outreach and advertising;

· Staffing costs to manage and operate a farmers market;

· The purchase of tables, stands and other display materials for use in a farmers market;

· The provision of nutrition education materials or for educational materials about Pennsylvania farm products to program participants; and

· The conduct of outreach to program participants to increase participation in existing food assistance programs.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 6. Completed applications may be mailed to Geoffrey Dunaway, director, Bureau of Food Distribution, Department of Agriculture, 2301 N. Cameron St., Room 401, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408.For more information about the grant program or to download an application, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and select the link for “Farmers Market Grant Development Program” under “What’s New,” or call 1-800-468-2433.

From the WFRM News website.

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