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The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) offers grants with a one-to-one dollar match to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system.
Who May Apply?
FSMIP funds can be allotted to State Departments of Agriculture, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, and other appropriate Agencies. The State Departments of Agriculture can cooperate with:
-State Agricultural Experiment Stations
-Other appropriate Agencies
-Producer, industry or community-based organizations, as appropriate.
FSMIP will not award grant funds for projects that solely benefit one individual farm or agribusiness. FSMIP projects must benefit multiple producers or agribusinesses, or have agricultural sector-wide impact.
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 FSMIP.
Download the Request for Response (RFR) listed below in “downloads,” and follow the instructions to creating 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: Rebecca.Davidson@State.ma.us.
Send grant proposal by mail to:
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114-2151
Submit grant proposal in person to:
FSMIP funds a wide range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transportation, and distribution of U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally.
Eligible agricultural categories include poultry, livestock, livestock products, dairy, food, feed and fiber crops, fish and shellfish, horticulture, viticulture, apiary, and forest products and processed or manufactured products derived from such commodities. Reflecting the growing diversity of U.S. agriculture, in recent years, FSMIP has funded projects dealing with nutraceuticals, bioenergy, compost, and products made from agricultural residues.
Proposals may deal with barriers, challenges or opportunities manifesting at any stage of the marketing chain including direct, wholesale, and retail. Proposals that involve training or education programs must include a research component that tests the effects of the program on the marketing goals.
Proposals may involve small, medium or large-scale agricultural entities but must benefit multiple producers or agribusinesses, whereas proposals that benefit one business or individual will not be considered. Proposals that address issues of importance at the State, regional or national level are appropriate for FSMIP. FSMIP will consider unique proposals on a smaller scale that may serve as pilot projects or case studies useful as models for others. Such proposals must include an objective to analyze opportunities and formulate recommendations with regard to how the project could be scaled up or expanded to other regions.
FSMIP’s enabling legislation authorizes projects to