GRANTS & FUNDING
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: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fresh Food From Farmers of Color Fund (FFFC) is created for BIPOC farmers in Illinois within 200 miles of Chicago’s city limits. The fund focuses on farms providing healthy food access into Chicago’s Southside.
Application due September 7
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.
FLAP Funding – one 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 email@example.com
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.
Organic Valley grants are awarded to research, education and advocacy projects that advance FAFO’s mission: to protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers.
Letter Of Inquiry deadline August 1. Applications due August 15.
The Illinois Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund provides grants up to $25,000 to Illinois based non-profits working in three categories: Workforce and Economic Development, Housing, and Food Programs.
Applications accepted between July 1 and September 30 2020.
Annie’s provides grants for organizations with a focus on sustainable food systems and food education.
Application process for 2020 grants begins in July 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Illinois Stewardship Alliance provides one time $500 farm aid to family farmers that are affected by Covid19 in the great lakes region. The funds are reserved for small farms with the highest need that practice sustainable methods.
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.
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.
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 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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.