Securing Local Food Systems grant

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Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses in every corner of the state have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the state of Kansas is making emergency financial relief available from federal CARES Act funding to those who need it most. The Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Task Force has approved more than $130 million in relief funding in the form of grants to eligible businesses.

One of these grants is the Securing Local Food Systems grant, which was created to support Kansas meat processing facilities, food processors, food banks, local direct-to-consumer producers and retail outlets to increase capacity of Kansas’ local food systems.

Grants were awarded to more than 250 Kansas businesses and individuals in 80 counties. The full list of those selected for the SLFS grants can be seen here: 
Securing Local Food Systems grant awardees

Applications

Applications have closed for this grant program. The first round of awards have been made and recipients have been notified. If additional funding becomes available for this grant program, additional applicants will be notified at that time.

Grant funds must be used for capacity-related improvements made since March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020.  Any awarded funds must be spent on projects in use by December 30, 2020. 

Eligibility

Specific eligibility requirements for the Securing Local Food Systems grant can be found at kansascommerce.gov/covidrelief. Eligible businesses and individuals include for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, direct to consumer producers/growers/vendors, food processors, slaughter and processing facilities, food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, farmers’ markets, and retail food outlets such as grocery stores.

Some of the specific eligibility criteria that apply to other grants within the CARES Act funding grant do not apply to the Securing Local Food Systems grant. This grant does not require businesses to have been in operation for any specific length of time, and it does not require showing incurred losses of revenues during COVID-19.

The grant money can be used for a wide scope of capital expenses related to increasing the capacity of the food-related businesses, including but not limited to: rental of buildings/facilities to expand capacity, facility reconfiguration to meet social distancing guidelines, technology that improves business resilience, costs associated with sanitation or worker safety, costs associated with increased inspections, and many more. 

Questions?

KDA can answer questions about the grant program from Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses who wish to complete the application. Call KDA at 785-564-6700 if you have agriculture-specific questions regarding the Securing Local Food Systems grant.