$700,000 program funding available to support food and seafood businesses | West

Local Agriculture and Seafood Act programming funding is now available to help new and existing Rhode Island food businesses grow and thrive. Eligible entities include for-profit farmers, fishers, producer groups and non-profit organizations. Applicants must be based in Rhode Island and only small farmers and/or beginning farmers, or producer groups of small or beginning farmers, are eligible to apply for capital grants. Aquaculture operators are considered as farmers in the program.

Funding priorities for 2022 programming include: Supporting the entry, growth and sustainability of small agricultural producers and beginning fishers; support agricultural producers and fishers who are black, indigenous and of color; support the development of new marketing, promotion, sales and/or distribution channels; support new product development, including value-added processing capability; fostering new cooperatives, partnerships and/or collaborations between Rhode Island agricultural producers and fishers and supporting organizations; fostering and building the capacity of markets linking local farms and fishers to food-insecure communities in Rhode Island; and protecting the future availability of agricultural land for producers, including agricultural transition planning and implementation, and assisting with on-farm food safety improvements, including the development of food safety modernization legislation and critical control point standards for hazard analysis.

Applications are available at dem.ri.gov/agriculture/grants-lasa.php. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 30 at midnight. Grant-related questions should be directed to Ananda Fraser at 401-222-2781 or by email at [email protected].

For more information, visit dem.ri.gov.