From 2005 – 2008, Project for Public Spaces received funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to re-grant over $1 million to over 20 farmers markets around the U.S. The goal of this grant program was to support public markets, especially in low to moderate income communities, to become more economically sustainable and community-centered. PPS was pleased that over the grant term most of these markets increased vendor sales and market operating revenue through marketing, partnerships, and business planning. In addition, the markets’ greater capacity and sustainability led to the revitalization of town centers, the creation of multicultural/diverse public spaces, and increased food access.
This pdf download provides an in-depth look into the Diversifying Markets Grant Program and the individual success and innovations of the participating public markets.