The USDA NRCS has announced the availability of $3 million in competitive grant funding under the 2018 Farm Bill’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The newly established Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program supports the development of urban agriculture and innovative production activities by funding Planning Projects and Implementation Projects led by nonprofit organizations, local or Tribal governments, and schools that serve any of the grades K-12 in areas of the United States.
The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) is posted on Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 6, 2020.
There is approximately $1 million available for Planning Projects and $2 million for Implementation Projects. This is the first grant cycle for UAIP. The purpose of Planning Projects is to support the development of projects that will either initiate or build upon or expand the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. The purpose of Implementation Projects is to accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners.
A webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time to provide an overview of the UAIP program purpose, project types, eligibility, and basic requirements for the submission of an application. To register for the UAIP webinar, visit the registration webpage.