RI Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) Grants Program

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)


Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Deadline: Mar 1, 2019 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit For-Profit Business

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Capital Project

Location of project: Rhode Island

Location of residency: Rhode Island

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Overview:

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grants Program. The goal of the program, which was established by the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) of 2012, is to support the growth, development, and marketing of local food and seafood in Rhode Island. It is made possible by $100,000 in funding from the State of Rhode Island, and an additional $130,000 in matching funds from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, and the Rhode Island Foundation. This unique and unprecedented public-private partnership will provide grants intended to directly benefit and strengthen the local food system in Rhode Island.

Priorities for the 2017 LASA Grants Program are: 

  • Projects that support the growth and sustainability of small or beginning agriculture producers (including aquaculture producers) and fishermen/women; 
  • Projects that foster new collaborations or share new information among Rhode Island food businesses, organizations, or enterprises;
  • Projects that support new products or new sales channels with clearly defined markets

Projects/programs must serve at least one of the following purposes in order to be eligible for funding through the LASA Grants Program:

  • Assist in the marketing of Rhode Island grown agricultural products and local seafood for the purpose of sale and promotion;
  • Enhance the economic competitiveness of Rhode Island grown agricultural products and local seafood;
  • Provide financial and technical assistance support to organizations and producers for activities and programs which enhance the economic viability of local agriculture, and support the development of a locally-based, safe and sustainable food system;
  • Perform other activities necessary to facilitate the success and viability of the state’s agricultural and seafood sectors.

In addition to providing grants for projects or programs, the LASA Grants Program may also provide capital grants to small or beginning Rhode Island farmers and aquaculture producers to support the growth and sustainability of Rhode Island’s farming and aquaculture industries.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Farmers, fishermen/women, producer groups, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be based in the State of Rhode Island.
  • Only small and/or beginning farmers, or producer groups of small or beginning farmers, are eligible to apply for capital grants. (Aquaculture operators are considered farmers in this regard). 

Preferences:

  • The Advisory Committee will value geographic diversity in the applicant pool when making award determinations.

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible activities include:
    • non-project related travel
    • scholarships
    • general operating funds
    • on-going capital campaigns
    • political or policy advocacy campaigns
    • conference/workshop attendance fees, etc
  • Capital grants from fishermen/women are not eligible for LASA funding.