Grant writing workshop for USDA programs

CTAHR is pleased to be working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the four Regional Rural Development Centers in offering a workshop that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the $30 million Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs. This effort is known as the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) project. 

As you may know, the USDA views the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program as a key to revitalizing rural economies by supporting local and regional food systems. The expectation is that these grant workshops will allow communities and businesses nationally to develop and submit competitive grant proposals that stimulate economic activity while also meeting the increasing demand for food that is grown locally or regionally. The Farmers Market Promotion Program supports farmers markets and other direct producer-to-consumer activities, while the Local Food Promotion Program supports enterprises that aggregate, store, distribute and process local and regional food.  We see both programs as an important opportunity for potentially strengthening local food systems in Hawaii through projects that recruit and train farmers, expand economic opportunities, and increase access to healthy foods. 

Information on the event is as follows.  

WHAT: Grant Writing Workshop for FMPP & LFPP
WHO: Presented by Dr.Stuart T. Nakamoto, Extension Economist

WHEN: Tuesday April 15, 2015

TIME: 3 PM - 8:00 PM

WHERE: Kona Cooperative Extension Service - Conference Room 79-7381 Mamalahoa Highway; Kealakekua

COST: No charge. Light dinner provided.

SPACE IS LIMITED; RESERVE YOUR SEAT by emailing your name and contact information to, or calling 808-956-8125.

Please distribute this information among your stakeholders.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

REGISTRATION: There is no charge for the workshop but attendees are advised to 
RESERVE YOUR SEAT by sending your name and contact information to or call/leave a message at 808-956-8125.