The Columbia Basin Trust is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Food Access and Recovery Grants to create or enhance communal growing/processing spaces, knowledge-sharing opportunities and diverting food which would otherwise be wasted.
- Developing new or enhancing existing local, community growing spaces for use by members of the public (e.g. community garden spaces, chicken coops, non-commercial greenhouses, egg incubators, seed bank/distribution, rooftop gardens, vertical farming, etc.);
- Redistributing local and, where applicable, non-local food waste (e.g. from a landfill, grocery stores, community fruit trees or garden or local farm or orchard) to individuals, families, and/or community agencies that serve vulnerable populations (e.g. food bank, community kitchen);
- Integrating improved technology to create efficiencies in, or expand upon, existing community-led food production and/or recovery programs, including food processing and/or delivery; and
- Upgrading infrastructure to improve operations of existing, community-led food production and/or recovery programs, including food processing and/or delivery.
- The program has $1,500,000 available. They strive to distribute these funds across communities, organizations and project types.
- Applicants can request up to a maximum of 85 percent of total project costs from the Trust. There is no maximum amount for grant requests; however, they anticipate that many successful projects will be in the range of $50,000 – $80,000.
- Eligible applicants include non-profits, including social enterprises, local governments, and First Nations in the Columbia Basin Trust region.
- Businesses may be considered depending on the project and its broad community impact.
- Businesses must demonstrate partnerships with non-profits, local governments and/or First Nations communities in the Columbia Basin in the design and delivery of their proposed project.
- The project should demonstrate that it will benefit residents of the Basin and that the primary beneficiary is not the applicant or solely the members of a membership-based organization.
- Applicants operating outside the Basin must partner with community-based organizations in the Basin to be eligible and show that the project benefits the Basin.
- These grants are not intended to support commercial production of local food.
For more information, visit https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/food-access-and-recovery-grants/