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Urban Agriculture Grants and Engagement Opportunities

Urban farmers and gardeners work among diverse populations to expand access to nutritious foods, foster community engagement, provide jobs, educate communities about farming, and expand green spaces.

Urban agriculture generally refers to the cultivation, processing and distribution of agricultural products in urban and suburban settings, including things like vertical production, warehouse farms, community gardens, rooftop farms, hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic facilities, and other innovations.

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    How to Get Funding

    We're offering approximately $3.9 million in fiscal year 2020 in grants and cooperative agreements to nonprofit organizations, local governments, tribal governments, and schools.

    Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production Competitive Grants

    Program Planning Projects will initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. Projects may target areas of food access; education; business and start-up costs for new farmers; and development of policies related to zoning and other needs of urban production.

    Implementation Projects will accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers. Projects will improve local food access and collaborate with partner organizations and may support infrastructure needs; emerging technologies; educational endeavors; and urban farming policy implementation.

    FAQ

    Apply at Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. EDT, July 6, 2020

    June 3, 2020 Webinar. Recorded webinar will be posted soon.

    Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Project Cooperative Agreements

    These cooperative agreements intend to solicit applications and fund pilot projects in no fewer than 10 states. The primary goal is to assist local and municipal governments with projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. Implementation activities will increase access to compost for agricultural producers, improve soil quality and encourages innovative, scalable waste management plans that reduce and divert food waste from landfills.

    FAQ

    Apply at Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 26, 2020

    Webinar, June 4, 2020, 2-4 PM EDT. Click here to register and watch the live or recorded webinar.

     

    How to Get Involved

    Feedback from farmers is crucial to USDA’s success, and USDA is working on two different networks to gather input and information. More information on how to get involved will be available in summer or fall of 2020.

    Federal Advisory Committee

    This committee will be composed of agricultural producers and industry professionals who will advise the USDA on policies and outreach.

    10 Urban/Suburban County Committees

    These new Farm Service Agency County Committees will focus on issues around urban agriculture. Farmers who serve on committees help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level and ensure the programs serve the needs of local producers. FSA will announce more information on these committees in 2020.

     

    USDA's Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

    The 2018 Farm Bill directed USDA to create a new office to better focus on the needs of urban farmers. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is leading the USDA-wide office, including representatives from several other USDA agencies such as Farm Service Agency and the Agricultural Marketing Service. This office works to:

    • Manage a competitive grants program
    • Establish a federal advisory committee and 10 FSA urban and suburban county committees
    • Engage stakeholders and identify state and municipal best practices to assist urban and suburban farmers
    • Develop policies and resources to assist urban producers

    Additional Resources

    Find Your Local Service Center

    We are committed to delivering USDA services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to COVID-19. While employees continue to staff our Service Centers, they are only available for phone appointments at this time. While access is restricted to the buildings,  our services are still available via phone appointment or online. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.


    USDA Service Centers are locations where you can connect with Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service employees for your business needs. Enter your state and county below to find your local service center and agency offices. If this locator does not work in your browser, please visit offices.usda.gov.

    Visit the Risk Management Agency website to find a regional or compliance office or to find an insurance agent near you.