TN Farmers Market Promotion Retail Grant Program

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

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Grant amount: Up to US $750

Deadline: Dec 1, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Tennessee

Location of residency: Tennessee

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Overview:

Farmers Market Promotion Retail Grant Program

The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program is to increase income to Tennessee farmers by providing assistance for the promotion, marketing, and/or improvement of farmers markets in communities throughout Tennessee. 

  • Grants are available to qualified farmers markets in amounts up to $750.
  • Funding is limited.
  • Funds are to be used for activities such as advertising, social media promotions, collateral material development, participation in the Pick TN Conference, or membership in the Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets (TAFM), etc. 
  • Records of expenditures for these activities should be maintained for 5 years for verification purposes. 

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is providing this opportunity through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP). TAEP is a result of the State of Tennessee’s commitment to supporting farm development and Tennessee’s agricultural community. 

Grant funds are available to qualified farmers markets for promotion and certain retail activities. A qualified farmers market will have several farmer-producers selling their own agricultural products (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, and grains) directly to the general public at a fixed venue and time. Additional factors include established market bylaws, guidelines and management plan. Grants are not available to individuals. Funding is limited and grant requests are competitive.

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

Eligibility:

  • A qualified farmers market must:
    • Be listed on the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Pick Tennessee Products website – PickTnProducts.org. 
    • Verify their online listing at PickTnProducts.org is correct.
    • Operate at a designated location and at a fixed time.
    • Have five (5) or more farmer producers selling their own agricultural products direct to the consumer. 
    • Ensure farmers market activities meet all state and local building, food safety, and regulatory requirements. 
    • Have an organized structure (board) or be connected to a local public entity.