Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program

Overview

A grant webinar will be held Tuesday, February 20 from 1:00-2:30 PM. Please register in advance HERE. Additional grant assistance for applicants will be available and discussed at the webinar.  A recording will be made available for all interested applicants here on the webpage.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA AMS) is partnering with states to invest in food supply chain resilience, farm and food business market access, and value-added agriculture industry development.

As a targeted investment in the middle of the food supply chain, RFSI aims to fill supply chain gaps. Funds will support expanded capacity for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, and distribution of locally and regionally produced food products, including specialty crops, dairy, grains for human consumption, aquaculture, and other food products, excluding meat and poultry. 

“Middle of the Supply Chain” refers to many activities that occur post growing and harvesting to the point that the product reaches the market including but not limited to aggregation, transportation, processing and manufacturing, including value-added products, and distribution. In the image below, this is steps two (2) and three (3): processing and aggregation/distribution.

 


Source: USDA

QUICK FACTS

Connecticut Funding: $2,739,027, approximately $2,160,000 will be made available for grants. There will be technical assistance available throughout the application process and project implementation. 
 
Please read the entirety of the grant guidance document found under the documents/forms tab.

 

TIMELINE

Key Dates (subject to change)

February 7, 2024

Applications open for submission

 February 20, 2024 Grant Webinar with Q&A Register HERE
 April 10, 2024 Deadline to submit application
 May 2024 Applicants notified of preliminary funding decisions
 May 2024 Connecticut Department of Agriculture submits State Plan to USDA-AMS
 July 2024 Anticipated date of grantees notified of AMS decisions. Adjustments may be required subject to AMS approval.
 September 2024 Anticipated contract start date.

All projects must conclude by May 2027