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Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) Grants Program

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture and the RI Food Policy Council co-manage the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grants Program. The goal of the program, which was established by the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) of 2012, is to support the growth, development, and marketing of local food and seafood in Rhode Island. It is made possible by $100,000 in funding from the State of Rhode Island, and an additional $130,000 in matching funds from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, and the Rhode Island Foundation. This unique and unprecedented public-private partnership will provide grants intended to directly benefit and strengthen the local food system in Rhode Island.

Priorities for the 2017 LASA Grants Program were:

  • Projects that support the growth and sustainability of small or beginning agriculture producers (including aquaculture producers) and fishermen/women;
  • Projects that foster new collaborations or share new information among Rhode Island food businesses, organizations, or enterprises;
  • Projects that support new products or new sales channels with clearly defined markets.

About the application

The application is CLOSED for the LASA Grants Program 2017. Applications were due by 11:59 pm on March 1, 2017.



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