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1 Farmers Market Federal Grants Daniel Blaustein Rejto Farmers Market Coalition & Oregon Farmers Markets Association Oregon Small Farms Conference Farmers Market Track 5/2/2015

2 Community Food Projects Community Facilities Loans and Grants Farmers Market Promotion Program Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Healthy Food Financing Initiative Farmers Market Federal Grants Oregon Small Farms Conference Farmers Market Track 5/2/2015

3 Objective: Low-income Community Food Security Grant Size: $10k-$300k Percent Match: 100% Deadline: Due March 17th Community Food Projects Oregon Small Farms Conference Farmers Market Track 5/2/2015

4 Objective: Develop rural community facilities including market structures and gardens Grant Size: Varies Percent Match: 25%+ Deadline: Contact your Rural Development Office Community Facilities Loans and Grants Oregon Small Farms Conference Farmers Market Track 5/2/2015

5 Objective: Develop and expand direct-to- consumer outlets Grant Size: $15k-$100k Percent Match: 0% Deadline: This summer? Farmers Market Promotion Program Oregon Small Farms Conference Farmers Market Track 5/2/2015

6 Farmers Market Promotion Program Recipients

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8 Objective: Provide point-of-sale incentives to increase SNAP participants' fruit and vegetable purchases. Grant Size: Up to $100k-$300k Percent Match: 100% Deadline: Late Fall/Early Winter Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Oregon Small Farms Conference Farmers Market Track 5/2/2015

9 Objective: Fund food-related projects that create jobs and business development opportunities in low income communities Grant Size: $100k-$800k Percent Match: 100% Deadline: April 17th Healthy Food Financing Initiative Oregon Small Farms Conference Farmers Market Track 5/2/2015

10 Thank You! Daniel Blaustein Rejto Oregon Small Farms Conference Farmers Market Track 5/2/2015

11 Principle of Grant Writing MaryLee Planer Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Oregon Small Farms Conference Farmers Market Track 5/2/2015

12 USDA Funding to Start and Improve Farmers and Farmers Market SNAP/EBT, Debit, and Credit Card Programs

13 Terms USDA: United States Department of Agriculture FNS: Food & Nutrition Service SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Also known as Basic Food / Quest in Washington EBT: Electronic Benefit Transfer Service Provider: The third-party company that processes credit, debit and SNAP transactions, and supplies EBT equipment to retailers.

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16 # of SNAP Markets Total SNAP Sales $ 261,229 $475,810$609,050$769,675$790,841 Oregon SNAP in Farmers Market

17 $8.7 Million for EBT Markets FY 2013 $4 M FY 2014 $700,000 FY 2012 $4 M States NAFMNP / MarketLink FMC New Markets & Farmers New Markets & Farmers Existing Markets & Farmers *NEW means SNAP authorized on or after Nov. 18, 2011

18 18 FY13 Funding – first equipment shipped 3/2014 Challenge & Success – Design solution that was available to all farmers / markets Key Features – Funding eligibility confirmation – Technical assistance with SNAP Retailer Application – ONLY smart-device based option that can accept ALL 3 (credit/debit/SNAP) through one application – Low, nationally negotiated processing rates

19 19 Market Link Year in Review 2014: $500,000+ in SNAP sales during the farmers market season Almost 1,000 farmers & markets have equipment Reports of business increasing by % As of July 2014, USDA reported: – 15% increase in SNAP-authorized FMs & 37% in DMFs – Redemption at FMs increase of 11% & 6% increase by DMFs MarketLink has helped 850+ farmers and markets with SNAP application MarketLink equipment in 45 states

20 iPhone 5s or iPad mini Verizon or AT&T Text & Talk, 2GB data per month BYOD – if qualify for USDA funding, no fixed fees for 3- year contract Android app available Collaboration with FMC for replacement equipment funding for markets All equipment EMV compliant by Q2 New website design! 2015 New Offerings

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22 $8.7 Million for EBT Markets FY 2013 $4 M FY 2014 $700,000 FY 2012 $4 M States NAFMNP / MarketLink FMC New Markets & Farmers New Markets & Farmers Existing Markets & Farmers *NEW means SNAP authorized on or after Nov. 18, 2011

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24 New Federal Grant Program EBT Support at Farmers Markets $3.3 Million for: Funds to pay for personnel costs associated with operating SNAP at farmers markets; Funds to pay for the design, printing, and/or purchase posters, signage, brochures, pamphlets, and similar allowable media intended to inform/educate current SNAP participants of their ability to use their benefits at farmers markets. Funds to pay for miscellaneous equipment, such as scrip, and technology infrastructure (wifi hotspots, phone lines, electrical lines, etc.) reasonably necessary for a farmers’ market to operate SNAP.

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29 29 Next Steps Apply for SNAP Permit Choose which hardware to use – SmartPhone or Wireless Terminal Go to MarketLink or FMC website to apply for grants. Check out FMC EBT Guide

30 30 Resources for Farmers and Farmers Markets MarketLink – marketlink.org/ Farmers Market Coalition EBT Guide – farmersmarketcoalition.org

31 Outline a project you have always wanted to do Select the grant(s) the project may be eligible for Determine next steps for funding the project Share with the room Grant Proposal Activity Oregon Small Farms Conference Farmers Market Track 5/2/2015

32 Questions Oregon Small Farms Conference Farmers Market Track 5/2/2015


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