Evaluating USDA AMS Grant Programs
Successes and Challenges
With Focus on Socially Disadvantaged Communities
The project will:
- evaluate barriers to AMS grant opportunities for socially disadvantaged communities;
- invest in building trust and confidence between these communities and the USDA; and
- take action to rectify inequalities in program access through targeted outreach, training, and technical assistance.
The Project Team will conduct nationwide listening sessions and evaluate the AMS grant application and review process from the view of socially disadvantaged groups in cooperation with a vast network of universities, community organizations, and food system practitioners.
Project participants will share their experiences and discuss their needs along with any barriers they have faced. The knowledge gained from these discussions will be used to develop training materials, technical assistance programs, and other resources.
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