New Publication Looks at Funding Opportunities in Local Foods

Posted on 10/27/2014 at 12:00 AM by Christa Hartsook

Looking to start a local food business or processing facility? How about a school garden? As local food systems continue to develop, community leaders need access to capital to start or sustain their efforts. The good news is, there are funding options available from both federal and nonā€federal sources – regardless of whether you are a producer, institution, community or nonprofit.

A new white paper from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture presents information about 31 federal, state and private grant programs that are available as funding sources for development of local food systems. Financial resources range from USDA grants for beginning farmers, owners of small businesses and rural development groups, to private industry and foundation grants that support community gardens and farm-to-school programs.

“Funding Opportunities in Local Foods” summarizes each grant program, general eligibility and deadlines, and provides active links to websites for more details. The guide is not intended to be an exhaustive list of local food funders, rather it offers suggestions and a way to begin the grant application process.

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Information was compiled by Ahna Kruzic, a graduate research assistant for the Leopold Center’s Marketing and Food Systems Initiative. If you have additional grant programs for the list, please contact Kruzic at - See more at: