Check here for the latest opportunities in grants and funding for urban agriculture projects in Chicago. If you have an opportunity to share, please send information to:


Michael Fields Agriculture Institute’s Grant Advising Program provides free grant writing assistance, including clarifying and articulating ideas, assessing which grant program fits needs, and crafting a high-quality proposal. Interested individuals and organizations can also be added to an e-mail list announcing new grant opportunities by making a request to

Advocates for Urban Agriculture : Capacity Building Grant 

Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) is excited to announce the 2020 Capacity Building Grant available to Chicagoland urban farm businesses. The Capacity Building Grant program is funded through AUA’s partnership with Food:Land:Opportunity and reflects a set of values that were established by a cohort of Chicago urban farmers.The Capacity Building Grant will provide $2,500-$20,000 grants to farm businesses for one or more of the following purposes — programming efforts, infrastructure, tools & equipment, labor support, logistics support, and skills and business development. Applications are available now until Tuesday, October 24th.

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Private, Corporate & Foundation Philanthropy

AUA: We are excited to announce the 2020 Capacity Building Grant to Chicagoland urban farm businesses, available now until Tuesday, October 24th!

NCR-Sare Farmer Rancher Grant is a competitive grant that funds farmers and ranchers striving for agricultural sustainability.
Proposal due in early December

Live Healthy Chicago  seeks to distribute  community-based grants to organizations who are implementing COVID-19 response strategies in Chicago’s black and brown communities. Register Here

Annie’s provides grants for organizations with a focus on sustainable food systems and food education. Currently offering grants for school gardens!  Application due November 2nd 2020

The Awesome Foundation – Chicago Chapter has been funding awesomeness in the Windy City since the summer of 2011. They’’ve funded everything from little free libraries and puppet shows to electron microscopes and a temporary mini golf course on Milwaukee Avenue. The Chicago trustees generally meet on the third Tuesday of every month to review proposals.
Rolling Applications.

Network for Good Awards monthly grants to promote fundraising activities and capacity building that can lead to revenue sustainability to 501(c)3s in any industry. Average grants range in size from $1,000-$5,000. Application deadlines are the 15th of the month, non-profits are encouraged to re-apply monthly.
Rolling Applications.

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation provides in-kind donations of fruit trees, equipment, volunteer workers, and training to 501(c)3s, public schools, and government entities to create orchards in communal and public places.
Rolling Applications.

Grassroots Exchange Fund grants to grassroots organizations working to promote environmental justice and social change. Priority will be given to small, community-based groups seeking to meet face-to-face with other grassroots organizations, to build collaborative campaigns, and to benefit from technical assistance opportunities.
Rolling Applications

Imperfect Produce‘s Feed Change Fund provides grants up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations whose work relates to their mission of eliminating food waste and building a better food system for everyone.
Rolling application.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health grant is seeking proposals with innovative and intersectional ideas that create long term solutions for health equity.
Open Application

Clif Bar Family Foundation provides grants to 501(c)3 organizations that meet this eligibility quiz that are working to protect natural resources, strengthen communities and the food system, and enhance public health. Priority is given to applicants that address the funding priorities from a holistic perspective.
Applications are reviewed three times a year; the deadlines are the 1st of October, February and June.

The Seabury Foundation provides one time grants to organizations in Chicago with a focus on cultural and civic institutions, educational opportunities and conservation and sustainability.
Letters of inquiry are accepted three times a year; September 15, January 15 and June 15.

FLAP Fundingone time, $500 cash relief. This opportunity is for residents of the following cities/counties: Aurora, Cook, Evanston, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kankakee, Kendall, and Winnebago County experiencing a financial hardship brought on by the effort to contain COVID-19. Residents must be employed in the following industries:  Landscaping, snow plowing, packinghouse, cannery, farms, nursery, greenhouse, meat and poultry and not qualified to apply for unemployment benefits and no receiving stimulus check.To request funding, send your phone number, valid ID with current address and paystub explaining what you do at work to

CFPAC Friday Fun(d)ing is based on the Sunday Soup model, Food Fun(d)ing Fridays is a community event which gathers the public to learn about and support food-related projects in Chicago, in particular those led by communities of color. In exchange for a small donation and/or the ticket price, Food Fun(d)ing Fridays guests will enjoy healthy food and drinks, while listening to presentations by selected farmers and food vendor organizations. After the presentations, Food Fun(d)ing Friday guests vote on projects to fund. At the end of the event, the contest participant with the most votes gets the highest value prize. Grants awarded quarterly.

State and Federal Grant Opportunities

SARE Youth Educator Grants are competitive grants up to $4,000 for educators to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth.
Application Deadlines: Vary by program.

The Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program provides Planning Projects grants to support the development of urban agriculture project. The offer Implementation Project grants to accelerate existing and emerging models of indoor and outdoor urban agriculture.
Application Deadline: July 6 2020

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides funding for farmers who’s crops suffered a five percent or higher price decline.
Application Deadline: August 28 2020

USDA Community Prosperity resource matrix organizes funding opportunities available for rural and underserved communities. This resource guide includes technical, training and planning assistance as well as financial assistance.


Open Enrollment Loan & Financing Opportunities

Kiva provides 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 to entrepreneurs, including urban farm businesses. To promote urban farmers’ access to capital, AUA is a proud Kiva Trustee, which means we help spread the word on these valuable resources and publicly vouch for urban farm entrepreneurs. Kiva trustees do not handle or disburse the loans. To learn more, please review the program overview, step-by-step guide to apply, and reach out to AUA’s Executive Director, Laura Calvert ( with any questions.

USDA Farm Storage Facility Loans provide up to $50,000 in low-interest financing to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store or process agricultural products. Most recently, these loans made available funding for refrigerated vehicles. Funding: Up to $500,000 per loan.

USDA Farm Service Agency Microloans provide up to $50,000 in financial assistance for small, beginning farmer, niche and non-traditional farm ownership or operations. Non-traditional farm operations can include truck farms, farms, direct marketing farmers, Community Supported Agriculture, restaurants and grocery stores, or those using hydroponic, aquaponics, organic, and/or vertical growing methods. Maximum of $50,000.

USDA EZ Guarantee Loans provides $100,000 to help beginning, small underserved, and family farmers and ranchers to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations. The USDA also added a new category of lenders, including microlenders. Funding: Up to $100,000.

Whole Foods Micro-Producer Loan provides between $10,000 and $100,000 for expansion of farm operations, not to exceed 80% of total project cost. Existing vendor relationship with Whole Foods Market required.