Please be sure to download the Guidelines, Application and Budget Worksheet! All are available at the bottom of the page.
Is your market looking for a recipe to turn up the burner on sales of your vendors' fruits and vegetables? KRC may have the secret ingredient!
This cost-share program will match dollar-for-dollar market expenditures for Savor the Season specialty crop promotions up to $400. Allowable expenditures include: agricultural and cooking demonstrations, product sampling, health and wellness events, customer competitions and advertising (not to exceed 20% of the budget). For example, if your market budgets and spends $700 on allowable expenses, the program will reimburse your market $350 (50%).
The Savor the Season Cost-Share Program is funded by the USDA Specialty Crop Program through a subaward from the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The goal of this grant is to increase the sale of non-commodity crops in Kansas. Please keep this in mind when developing promotions for the cost-share program. You’ll want to plan activities that are fun, informative and assist your producers in selling more fruits, vegetables, plants or cut-flowers!
Cost-share applications must be received by March 15, 2012. Applications will be reviewed by a committee. Awards will be made on a competitive basis and will take into consideration geographic distribution, a market's number of vendors and potential for outreach to customers. All applicants will be notified in writing by March 30. Markets will be required to submit receipts, event photos and program evaluations to receive reimbursements. Total matching program funds are $2,100.
Savor the Season cost-share events will be featured on ksfarmersmarkets.org and ourlocalfoodks.org as well as in media releases. Additionally, we hope to develop a final report outlining each market's activities to serve as a statewide market reference for future special event planning.
Questions? Join us for a toll-free Q&A call on the cost-share and mini-grant program on Monday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. Register here.