Grants to Increase Mississippi and Alabama The Wallace Center at Winrock International Announces 2012 Request for Applications

The Wallace Center is pleased to announce the 2012 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Increasing Farmer Success in Local Food Markets in the U.S. Deep South: Mississippi and Alabama program. The program, supported by a grant from the Walmart Foundation, is working to strengthen the capacities of limited resource and/or historically disadvantaged farmers, farmer groups, and supporting organizations to meet the fresh produce supply needs of local and regional wholesale markets, and to facilitate farmers’ success in accessing new markets by further developing supply chain relationships. The Wallace Center will accomplish this through strategic investments in Mississippi and Alabama including grants, technical assistance, and the development of a learning network to support local and regional food system development in the Deep South.

The Wallace Center will support 5 to 8 grant projects that will serve as pilot initiatives to demonstrate successful value chain models that can be replicated or expanded through future programs. Successful applicants will engage with farmers and buyers; build capacity; develop or expand the production of fruits and/or vegetables; facilitate the sale of those products into identified markets; and chart a course for sustainability of the project.

Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000 will be made over a 12-month period. Technical assistance will also be available to selected grantees.

Applications are due on Sunday, July 1, 2012 by 6 pm EST (5 pm CST), and should be submitted by email to FarmerSuccess@winrock.org. Mailed applications are accepted with prior permission only and must be postmarked by Saturday, June 30.

Guidelines and further program details for the 2012 Request for Applications can be reviewed and download at http://www.wallacecenter.org/farmersuccess. They are also attached to this email.

Conference Call with Q & A:

The Wallace Center will address questions about the Request for Applications during a conference call on Friday, June 8, 2012, 11 am to 12 pm EST (10 to 11 am CST).

To join the conference call, dial 888-858-6182. When prompted enter this access code: 3742126#. After a presentation on the RFA, callers will have the opportunity to ask questions. Questions may be submitted in advance to farmersuccess@winrock.org. An FAQ from the conference call will be posted on http://www.wallacecenter.org/farmersuccess by June 12.

For Additional Information:

If you have further questions, please call (703) 831-3242 or email farmersuccess@winrock.org. Allow 24 hours for a response. Please share this announcement with interested parties.

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