The creator of this website has helped to raise over $200,000,000 in grant funds for Public Market projects.

Public Markets typically need between 75-100% grant support for their capital funding – depending on their location, mission and goals. They should not need any operating support once they reach full occupancy, (typically 92-94% occupancy), in year 3 or 4 from their grand opening. To raise the millions of dollars that are often necessary to create a new Public Market, it is often necessary to cobble together many funding sources.

Funding Sources Chart


2) USDA – has several programs to help plan Public Markets. For example, the FMPP program provides $100,000 grants for planning.

4) HHS CED provides $800,000 grants that have been used for planning Public Markets.

5) State Departments of Agriculture – have often helped to fund farmer market components.

6) Tobacco Trust fund moneys – billions have been made available through some states.

7) Direct City, County or State appropriations.

8) Direct Federal appropriation legislated for a specific project.

9) Community Development Block Grants – Federal funds distributed by Cities and Counties or States.

10) Federal transportation funds.

11) State Cultural Resources funds.

12) Heritage Tourism – funds from the National Park Service

13) Tax Increment Financing – a TIF district could help pay for infrastructure and other improvements.

14) A City Accommodations Tax – could generate significant funds for a tourism related project.

15) Federal Funds through HUD’s Office of Community Services (O.C.S.).

16) Congressional ‘earmarks’ specific legislation introduced by a Representative or Senator, setting a certain amount of Federal funding for a specific project.


17) Local and National Foundations – local Foundations will often have relevant interests. Research national foundations (or use an experienced consultant) who have supported Public Market programs or research.

The owner of this website utilized 40% of the renovation value in Historic Tax Credits to help raise $13,000,000 in grants to rehab the Grove Arcade for a Public Market.

18) Create a Business Improvement District – that could provide local matching funds.

19) Historic Tax Credits – State Credits vary from 0% to 25% depending on the state. The Federal Credit is currently, an additional 20%. Tax credits are available for rehabilitation costs relating to ‘basis’ for buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Complex legal agreements and private partners are necessary to allow non-profit corporations to take advantage – get experienced help.

20) Sale or lease of surrounding properties – controlled by the Market’s developer – whose value is increased by the creation of the Market.

21) Local and National Corporate Grants.

22) Grants from individuals – who believe in the mission and goals of the Market and/or are surrounding property owners who stand to benefit from the Market’s creation.

23) Donation of a facade easement – another complex transaction that requires assistance from a seasoned professional.


24) New Market Tax Credits – a program that allows a 39 % percent credit over 7 years (30 percent effective net present value) to investors in community development projects.

25) Conventional Financing – through a local or community development bank.

26) Program Related Investments (PRI’s) – low interest, low cost loans from supportive local or national Foundations.

27) Section 108 Loan Guarantee – A program that allows Government entities to commit downstream revenues from HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to guarantee a loan to an eligible CDBG program such as a Public Market.

These are a small sampling of possible funding sources. There are many others. The owner of this website has drafted a manuscript at the behest of the Ford Foundation on Funding for Public Markets. Contact Aaron Zaretsky at 828 645-9291 with any questions.