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Friday, January 17, 2014

Boost to local food production

$200,000 Available in Public-Private Grant Funding to Strengthen Local Food System in Rhode Island
Providence, RI - January 2014 - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) will be accepting grant applications for the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) Grants Program.  The Local Agriculture and Seafood Act of 2012 established a grants program within RIDEM’s Division of Agriculture for small or beginning farmers, seafood marketing and organizations/related activities supporting the growth and marketing of local food and seafood in the state.

The LASA Grants Program is made possible by a unique and unprecedented public-private partnership with $100,000 in funding from the State of Rhode Island and $100,000 in matching funds from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation.

The LASA Grants Program Advisory Committee, established to advise and assist the RIDEM in matters related to the LASA Grants Program, will be chaired by the Chief of the Division of Agriculture and will have two members representing the RI Food Policy Council, David Dadekian and Sheila Brush.

LASA Grants Program application materials will be released on February 15 with an April 1 deadline to apply.  Further information will be available on the RIDEM and RIFPC websites in early February.