The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that more than $160,000 in funding under the Local Agriculture & Seafood Act (LASA) grant program is available for projects that support the growth, development, and marketing of local food and seafood in Rhode Island. The LASA program provides grants that directly benefit and strengthen the state’s local food system by helping new and existing small businesses and food initiatives take root and prosper in Rhode Island.
“LASA continues to be an important catalyst in growing a wide range of food and agricultural businesses across our state, and we encourage farmers, fishers and food businesses to apply for these grants to help start or expand their operations in Rhode Island,” said DEM Director Janet Coit.
DEM anticipates that approximately $160,000 – $240,000 will be awarded under this grant round with no direct match required. During the most recent funding cycle DEM awarded $95,949 in LASA grants to 12 Rhode Island-based groups to support the local food system.
Applicants must be based in the State of Rhode Island. Eligible entities include for-profit farmers, fishermen/women, producer groups, and non-profit organizations however only small and/or beginning farmers, or producer groups of small or beginning farmers, and aquaculture operators are eligible to apply for capital grants.
Applications should be completed and submitted online by May 30, 2021. Grant-related questions should be directed to Ananda Fraser, Chief Program Development in DEM’s Division of Agriculture at 222-2781, ext. 72411 or via email to email@example.com.
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