Let RI Food Policy Council help you apply for a LASA grant! (for free, 1-on-1)

Not only are we happy to work with you throughout the process for no cost, but you can also join us on Zoom this Monday, October 23 at 3:30pm for a webinar about how to apply with the best chance for success.

The Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grant Program (LASA) directly benefits and strengthens Rhode Island’s food system by supporting the growth, development, and marketing of food and seafood and investing in small and beginning Agriculture, Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Forestry industries. Farmers, individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations can receive up to $20,000.

The program was established by the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) of 2012 via an innovative public-private partnership between the state and three private foundations — the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, and the Rhode Island Foundation. Currently, the program is made possible by funding from the State of Rhode Island and administered by RI DEM.

LASA grants are available to:

  • for-profit farmers
  • fishermen/women
  • producer groups
  • non-profit organizations

Applicants must be based in the State of Rhode Island. The Advisory Committee will value geographic diversity in the applicant pool when making award determinations. Only Small and/or Beginning farmers, or producer groups of small or beginning farmers, are eligible to apply for capital grants. (Aquaculture operators are considered farmers in this regard).

Request for Applications Released: October 1, 2023
Applications due: November 30, 2023 by 11:59pm