Apply for the Buy Local grant program

Find out information and how to apply to the Buy Local grant program.
The current application round has ended. The next application round will begin summer 2018.

Mary Jordan

The Details

What you need

What is a Buy Local program?

The Buy Local program is a campaign that strengthens the marketing potential of agricultural businesses and agricultural products across the Commonwealth.

Buy Local campaigns:

-Develop programs that provide an economic advantage to farm businesses and food producers in the marketplace

-Engage a variety of partners to develop effective business tools that expand and support agriculture’s vital role in the health of the community

-Develop programs that inform and engage community members about the long-term sustainability of Massachusetts farms and farm products

-Help implement goals of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan (www.mafoodplan.org)

-Increase production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown and produced foods.

Who May Apply?

-Non-profit organizations (proof of non-profit status will be required for submission)

What do you need?

-Request for Response (RFR). See “downloads” below to download the Request for Response (RFR). This document outlines and explains all details, requirements, and instructions for the Buy Local program.

How to apply

Download the Request for Response (RFR) listed below in “downloads,” and follow the instructions to create a proposal. The RFR will provide information, all necessary criteria, and detailed instructions for application requirements.

Proposals must be physically received on the deadline date stated in the RFR.

Send grant proposal via email to: Mary.Jordan@state.ma.us (Please note that a physical submission of the proposal must be made, see “by mail” or “in person,” below.)

Download the Request for Response (RFR) listed below in “downloads,” and follow the instructions to create a proposal. The RFR will provide information, all necessary criteria, and detailed instructions for application requirements.

Proposals must be physically received on the deadline date stated in the RFR.

Send grant proposal by mail to:

Mary Jordan
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114-2151

Download the Request for Response (RFR) listed below in “downloads,” and follow the instructions to create a proposal. The RFR will provide information, all necessary criteria, and detailed instructions for application requirements.

Proposals must be physically received on the deadline date stated in the RFR.

Submit grant proposal in person to:

Mary Jordan
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114-2151

More info

It is highly encouraged that organizations that submit proposals have developed successful programs that encourage the purchasing of local agriculture. These programs are commonly referred to as “Buy Local” program initiatives, and proposals should include projects that add to these efforts.

Projects must meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Increase the cash receipts for farmers from local sales of agricultural products or other locally produced products from primarily local ingredients grown or made in the proposal’s respective region of the State;
  • To increase recognition of Massachusetts agriculture in a specific region (western, central, northeastern or southern) of  Massachusetts by working directly with the other agricultural associations or community initiatives in that particular region;
  • To attract regional partners among traditional and non-traditional groups to support and promote agriculture in the region including leveraging other dollars;
  • Where appropriate, encourage collaboration across multiple proposals or grant programs to accomplish similar goals and reduce duplication of efforts to achieve similar outcomes which benefit the farmer/producer and/or the agricultural industry; and/or the consumer.
  • To provide technical assistance and support to farmers and farmers’ markets in accepting SNAP/HIP benefits at farmers markets, farm stands and Community Supported Agriculture Programs.

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