Federal State Market Improvement Program

The USDA Federal State Market Improvement Program is a competitive grant program for state Department of Agriculture’s to apply for to do market research studies in their states.

Department Seeks Preliminary Proposals for USDA FSMIP Grant

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is seeking preliminary concept proposals for application consideration to the USDA Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program grant. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will competitively award matching grants to eligible applicants for projects that explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. marketing system. FSMIP funds a wide range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally. Proposals may address topics dealing with any level of the marketing chain including direct, wholesale, and retail. As state agencies bear the primary responsibility for submitting and overseeing the funded projects, MDACF is exploring concepts that may be a fit with current State of Maine needs.

Concept statements should address the organization's details, project plans and timeline, marketing goals and objectives, and budget parameters including match sources. The initial concept proposals should not exceed two pages. Contact information for where proposals should be sent is included below. 

Proposal Process

The deadline for concept statements to the DACF is February 10th, 2017. At that time, the DACF will review proposals and determine whether the project ideas align with the requirements of the FSMIP grant. Applicants will be contacted for further discussion about their project proposals and next steps for completing a full grant proposal for submissions will be determined.

More information about the FSMIP grant and application process