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Hear from Successful USDA LAMP Grant Recipients - Shared screen with speaker view
Sarah Lyman (she), FINE
11:23
Welcome, all! I'm Sarah Lyman, Communications Manager with Farm to Institution New England. So glad to have you here.
Samantha Schaffstall - USDA AMS - She/Her
12:07
Samantha Schaffstall - Agricultural Marketing Specialist with USDA AMS.
Leslie Soble
12:30
Leslie Soble (she/her), with the Food in Prison Project at Impact Justice.
Greta Hasler
12:47
Greta Hasler (she/her) with Salvation Farms in Morrisville, Vermont
Lynne Pledger
12:48
I’m Lynne Pledger from Big Picture Beef. We’re in MA. working with farmers throughout the Northeast.
Mark Dunlap
13:41
Mark Dunlap, grant consultant working with Healthy Bourbon County (KS) Action Team. We are applying for a LFPP planning grant.
Alisa Klein
14:12
Alisa Klein, Grow Food Northampton, she/her/hers. We’re experiencing a very intense lightning storm, so connectivity is shaky. Apologies if I disappear and reappear.
Peter Allison
17:26
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wBRw8CKtldTd-IHHES77yxCBNKN0smqxFaA4njvTnBo/edit
Sarah Lyman (she), FINE
17:45
*trying* to capture! Please add or correct if I get it wrong!
Nick Geer
18:26
Nick Geer (he/him), Strategic Partnerships Specialist with Genuine Foods
Erica Olsen
18:52
HI I'm Erica from Equinox Food Brokers.
Cortney Renton, CitySeed, (she/her)
19:22
Block off that whole day :)
Samantha Schaffstall - USDA AMS - She/Her
20:07
Also, get set up on SAM.GOV and your DUNS number well in advance.
Cortney Renton, CitySeed, (she/her)
24:24
Start your partner letters early!!!
Jennifer Hashley, she/her, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
29:25
Also, one of our reviewer comments was applicability to other regions and replicability - so that might be something to build into the proposal.
Mark Dunlap
30:02
How do you show replicability with a planning grant?
Cortney Renton, CitySeed, (she/her)
31:00
@Mark — we talked about plans for post-launch, ex: hosting public events and tours, presenting at conferences and webinars (like this one!), joining networks of similar orgs/projects to share results, etc.
Mark Dunlap
31:19
Thanks
Jennifer Hashley, she/her, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
31:23
Mark - I'm not sure given that ours was an implementation grant; but maybe include aspects of how similar collaborations or partnerships throughout the planning process could be adopted in other regions or communities.
Mark Dunlap
36:47
Samantha S.: how many annual grantee meetings will be held? One per year or only once per project period?
Samantha Schaffstall - USDA AMS - She/Her
38:35
There is an annual grantee convening. But, you have access to your grants management specialist that will be assigned to you (if awarded) throughout the duration of your project and some grants specialist hold monthly or weekly office hours where you can meet and discuss with out current grantees that specialist is monitoring
Mark Dunlap
39:45
We have to budget for the meeting. We are looking at an 18-month project. Do we have to budget for one or two meetings?
Cortney Renton, CitySeed, (she/her)
41:06
We’ve had a great experience with our grants specialist! We had to make an adjustment to our budget right away, and it was a really easy conversation and process.
Jennifer Hashley, she/her, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
46:04
I totally agree with Nessa and Samantha - write to the review criteria!
Meg Hourigan
46:19
^^
Samantha Schaffstall - USDA AMS - She/Her
46:48
If you are not in a place where you feel you can apply this year, a great way to learn more about the program is to become a grant reviewer - https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/peer-review.
Samantha Schaffstall - USDA AMS - She/Her
47:05
$700 stipend to be on the review panel. $850 if you are a team lead.
Jennifer Hashley, she/her, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
47:45
I agree, it's a great way to see the review process and see how other programs describe their programs and address the review criteria!
Sarah Lyman (she), FINE
50:45
Nessa, do you have a sample / previous logic model you could share with the group?
Alisa Klein
51:07
Is it likely that the increased funding for these grants will continue into future years or is it more likely that this is a unique year in that sense?
Meg Hourigan
51:46
need to check that a window is closed because it just started raining, be right back!
Sarah Lyman (she), FINE
54:01
When we have permission, we'll post it here: https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/blog/usda-lamp-grants
Cortney Renton, CitySeed, (she/her)
57:14
Glad this is recorded!!
Kate Fullam
57:21
Have to go and pick up my kiddo from school, so listening in by phone. Thank you so much!
Alisa Klein
57:40
Is it likely that the increased funding for these grants will continue into future years or is it more likely that this is a unique year in that sense?
Samantha Schaffstall - USDA AMS - She/Her
59:35
That is an unknown at this point. This year is the only year where stimulus funds have been allocated to the programs. The typical amount is approved through the Farm Bill, so that level of funding will continue to be available.
Sarah Axe (she/her)
01:01:13
Our partnership is also submitting a response and with a similar request embedded
Alisa Klein
01:01:31
Thanks very much — helpful to understand the bigger picture of funding at the fed level.
Samantha Schaffstall - USDA AMS - She/Her
01:02:05
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/05/17/2021-10351/supply-chains-for-the-production-of-agricultural-commodities-and-food-products
Sarah Lyman (she), FINE
01:02:44
You can select a time slot to chat with Peter here: https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/blog/usda-lamp-grants
Sarah Lyman (she), FINE
01:03:08
USDA Webinar on RFSP June 9: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_juqCPUy_Tye87E1Ypus3gw
Erica Olsen
01:03:33
Thank you everyone for your help and advice.
Samantha Schaffstall - USDA AMS - She/Her
01:03:38
https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/webinars
Nessa Richman
01:03:51
I have to drop off now for another call. Good luck to all applicants!
Cortney Renton, CitySeed, (she/her)
01:04:02
Really fun to hear about everyone’s projects!
Mark Dunlap
01:04:10
Kansas needs money too!
Sarah Lyman (she), FINE
01:04:36
Thanks to all the successful grant recipients for sharing their experiences. And thanks to you all for joining - good luck with your applications!