Up to $5,000 in grant funding through the Department of Agriculture’s Local Foods Matching Grant Program is available to urban and small rural area organizations assisting underserved areas increase fresh food access in rural and urban areas through the development of production infrastructure, direct distribution venues, education programs, workforce development and expand the understanding of the importance of agriculture.
The one-time competitive grants are targeted to:
Assist farmers’ markets, urban/community garden expansion efforts and youth initiatives related to promoting agriculture.
Establish or expand partnerships with urban/community gardens, youth initiatives and farmers’ markets.
Encourage agricultural production to combat hunger, poor nutrition and obesity.
Provide training and develop skills to the next generation of agricultural producers.
Funds must be used for the creation of a farmers’ market, the expansion of an urban or community garden, to promote local food efforts and/or youth initiatives that combat hunger, poor nutrition and obesity in collaboration with community gardens or farmers’ markets.