Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) and Food:Land:Opportunity (FLO), a partnership between The Kinship Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust, funded by the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, are partnering to offer grant programs available to Chicagoland urban farm businesses in 2020.

COVID-19 Farmer Support Grant

Round 2 

AUA, FLO & Slow Food Chicago are excited to announce a second round of COVID-19 Farmer Support Grants! This 2nd round of grants are available to Illinois farm businesses serving Chicagoland communities and Chicagoland community gardens who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are in need of immediate financial support for one or more of the following:

Emergency Food Response | Farm Supplies  | Farmer Income Support | Food Safety Initiatives | Labor Support | Market Adaptation

Additionally, up to 5 entities are eligible to apply together for up to $10,000 of funding to support a collaborative project.

Funding Levels

Farm businesses who apply for funding as part of a collaborative project are also eligible to apply as an individual urban farm business


Farm Businesses will be applying for a grant of $2,500

Community Gardens will be applying for a grant of $1,000

Collaborative projects will be applying for a grant of up to $10,000 

Who is Eligible?

· Farm Businesses operating in the state of Illinois whose primary markets are located in Chicagoland counties (Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Grundy, Will and Kankakee). Sales through these primary markets must account for more than 50% of your earned revenue.

· Farm businesses who applied and/or received funding during the first round of the COVID-19 Farmer Support Grant. If your farm business received funding from the first round, the request for funding must be for a different purpose.

· Community Gardens located in Chicagoland counties (Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Grundy, Will and Kankakee).

· Collaborative projects: no more than 5 entities can apply together. The following entities can partner on a collaborative project:

– Farms with farms
– Farms with farmers markets
– Community gardens with community gardens
– Farms with community gardens
– Growing operation (farm or community garden) with a local community organization (food pantry, community group, etc)  

Who is not eligible?

· Farmers markets applying independently
· Any entity or individual applying independently that is not a farm business or community garden.
· Farm Businesses not operating in Illinois and whose primary markets are not located in Chicagoland counties.
· Community Gardens applying independently not located in the following counties (Cook, Lake, McHenry, Dupage, Kane, Kendall, Grundy, Will, and Kankakee)
· Farm Businesses or Community Gardens applying for funds not related to the impact of COVID-19
· Organizations applying for funding to support a collaborative project without any agricultural component
· Organizations applying for funding to support a project that is only education-based or only research-based 

Additional Information

English-Only Webinar : Covid-19 Farmer Support Grant  

Webinar en Español solamente:

Descarge la Guía de solicitud de subvenciones de apoyo al agricultor

Please complete the following application and submit by the end of the day on May 29th. Applications will be reviewed immediately by the grant review committee and recipients will be awarded funds by June 19th. If you have any questions about this grant application, please contact Viviana Gentry Fernandez-Pellon at

Las solicitudes también están disponibles en Español. Lea más sobre nuestro programa aqui.

In Partnership with:

Capacity-Building Grant

Applications available this summer

The Capacity-Building Grant program was designed by and for Chicagoland farmers. Grants will range from $2,500-$20,000 and will empower Chicagoland urban farm businesses to expand their ability to produce and distribute locally grown food through increased operational support and capital projects. More information about this grant will be released in the coming months.