Grant applicants are being sought for the 2012 Farmers Market Promotion Program.

About $10 million is available for farmers markets, community supported agriculture groups and road-side stands, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA said applications for the program should be received by May 21.

“These grants will put resources into rural and urban economies, and help strengthen efforts to provide access to nutritious and affordable foods,” Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said in the release. “This program not only supports the health and well-being of local communities but also the economic health of their farms and businesses.”

AMS plans to award grants based on applications that show measurable, outcome-based strategies that help increase growers’ or agricultural producers’ revenue through direct-to-consumer sales. The minimum award per grant is $5,000 and the maximum award per grant is $100,000, according to the USDA.