Guam Department of Agriculture to issue grants for locally grown food

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Blas organic herb farm (file photo)

Guam Department of Agriculture (DOAG) has been awarded $121,159.80, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to increase the quality and quantity of locally grown foods.

The goal is to support food-insecure communities that import a significant amount of food.

The funds will provide grants to qualifying applicants over a three-year period.

The DOAG Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP) will assist eligible farmers with small-scale gardening, herding, and livestock operations by competitively distributing sub-awards to eligible entities.

There are two types of competitive grants:

  1. Individuals (farmers, ranchers, producers, home gardeners, hunters) may apply for a
    maximum of $5,000 per year for a maximum three years; and
  2. Organizations may apply for a maximum of $10,000 per year for a maximum of three
    years.

An island-wide Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued in February of 2021 and posted on DOAG’s website. Applicants must have a Bona Fide certificate and a registered DUNS number.

“As we have all collectively experienced with COVID, putting food on our own tables and
helping friends and family has come back to the forefront. We encourage all to seize this
opportunity to become food independent and to grow the best food for all of us, to make a
healthier vibrant Guam. Our island forebearers sustained themselves by living off the
land and sea, and in partnership with federal agencies, we are trying to once again make
this the cornerstone of our island community as we rebuild from the ashes of COVID,”
says Department of Agriculture Director Chelsa Muña-Brecht in a news release.

For more information, please review the RFP when it is issued or contact Jathan Muna-
Barnes or Division Chief John Borja at jathan.muna-barnes@doag.guam.gov and john.borja@doag.guam.gov respectively.

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