Local Foods, Local Places


Local Foods, Local Places funding provides technical assistance to help communities create more vibrant downtowns by developing community oriented local food systems. These projects have multiple benefits including environmental protection, economic revitalization, community engagement and improved healthy food access. Local Foods, Local Places projects may include farmers markets; community gardens; community kitchens, incubators and food hubs; and cooperative grocery stores in Main Street corridors.

This is not a grant program and funds are not provided directly to applicants. EPA will furnish technical experts to work with selected communities to bring stakeholders together and create an action plan for their food systems projects.


Local and tribal governments, nonprofits

Role In Creative Placemaking

This program could contribute to community cultural plans and creative placemaking efforts centered on food access or culinary arts.


No published guidance


Commercial kitchen and training center – Springfield, IL

Colleton Commercial Kitchen – Walterboro, SC

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.