The District of Columbia Urban Agriculture Award Program seeks to provide funding to build capacity for crop production and distribution, and to increase knowledge within farmers and District residents through agricultural education experiences.
The goals of this Request for Applications (RFA) are to support the increased infrastructure and operations at urban farms to advance strategies to support the success of agriculture initiatives for socially disadvantaged farmers.
- Up to $15,000 for Track 1 and up to $23,500 for Track 2.
Eligible Project Types
- A successful project proposal should produce outcomes that address at least two of the following goals:
- Increase food crop production, processing and/or distribution;
- Improve distribution & access to fresh foods;
- Construct facilities that enable agricultural education experiences;
- Accelerate the business and production capacity for socially disadvantaged farmers; and
- Advance sustainable agricultural efforts in the District.
- Examples of fundable projects include but are not limited to:
- Fencing, cold storage, wash/pack stations, sheds, and pavilions for food processing and education events
- Hoop houses, greenhouses, and shipping containers for indoor growing
- Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Technology, including lighting, hydroponic, and aquaponic components
- Utility installation to support urban farms, such as water, electrical lines, and solar panels
- Farm equipment, ie tools and irrigation supplies
- Operational Support, including office equipment, web platforms for program promotion and expansion, EBT technology, and training associated with use of equipment or platforms.
- DOEE and the Trust welcome requests from the following entities physically located in the District of Columbia:
- Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations;
- Faith-based organizations;
- Universities/educational institutions; and
- Private Enterprises.
For more information, visit https://cbtrust.org/grants/district-of-columbia-urban-agriculture/