Since 2002, PPS has been working with the Ford Foundation and, more recently, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to develop a national funding initiative around public markets and farmers markets. This initiative has focused on how public markets and farmers market can broaden the social and economic impacts they have on communities – while simultaneously improving the internal economic sustainability of market operators and vendors. Grants also provide an opportunity for markets to collaborate with organizations and agencies relating to: community and rural development, health and nutrition, neighborhood and downtown interests, local food systems, agriculture, transit, and smart growth, to name a few.
To date, PPS has awarded 41 grants to public markets and farmers markets around the country. From indoor market halls at transit centers, to farmers markets at the heart of downtown revitalization efforts, and to statewide farmers market associations, PPS is fostering innovation and partnerships that more broadly connect markets with their communities.

Read more about our research and grants program.

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