LINK Up Illinois SNAP Support Grant

LINK Up Illinois is a program of Experimental Station, undertaken since 2011 in partnership with Wholesome Wave and the Illinois Farmers’ Market Association. Our goal is to provide support for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) customers and SNAP redemption systems at Illinois farmers markets, through grant funding, training, and technical assistance. In doing so we aim to increase access to affordable fresh and healthy foods for low-income communities in Illinois.

Through the generous support of the USDA's Farmers Market SNAP Support Grant (FMSSG) program, Experimental Station is able to provide an opportunity for Illinois farmers markets that operate a SNAP redemption system to apply for grant funding for the 2016 and 2017 market seasons to support their EBT/SNAP programs. Funds may be used for the following:

• Salaries for staff operating the POS system used for conducting SNAP/Link/EBT transactions
• Salaries for staff administering SNAP/Link redemptions and farmer reimbursements
• SNAP/Link/EBT program outreach

Program Application Process

Please note:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis or until funding runs out, we encourage you to apply by May 15, 2017. This will allow sufficient time for review and program set up, prior to the start of your market season. Grants will typically fall in the range of $1,500 to $3,000. LINK Up Illinois reserves the right to fund less than the requested amount.

Program Requirements

To participate, markets must:

▪ Have an FNS number
▪ Have a designated market manager (or equivalent) responsible for the project and sufficient organizational capacity to handle the associated accounting and reporting
▪ Participate in pre-season training and program evaluation
* Have a Gmail account
▪ Maintain records, input data via Google sheets, and submit an annual report in a format requested by LINK Up Illinois
▪ Promote your markets SNAP program at your market, throughout your community, and your targeted low-income population
▪ Use approved LINK Up Illinois SNAP Support Grant program language for press releases and marketing material concerning LINK Up Illinois SNAP Support Grant funded programs
▪ List LINK Up Illinois as a program sponsor in print and digital marketing, including use of the LINK Up Illinois logo
▪ Agree to provide end-of-year photos of your SNAP/EBT program in action at your market.

As a LINK Up Illinois SNAP Support Grant recipient, you can expect us to:

▪ Provide training and technical support to implement these programs on the ground (including funding, planning and implementation support), ideas for community outreach, and data collection tools
▪ Share successful SNAP redemption program models for replication and customization in your community
▪ Help foster critical partnerships on the ground to strengthen the impact and sustainability of the SNAP program at your market
▪ Celebrate your success via special events and media exposure
▪ Engage you in a statewide “learning community” via conference calls and meetings to promote innovation and peer-to-peer exchange.

Funding for this project was provided by United States Department of Agriculture.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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