City of Cincinnati Offering Grants for Local Food

 City of Cincinnati Offering Grants for Local Food

Urban Agriculture Grants

Local food production and distribution plays an important role in addressing health, social, economic and environmental issues. The City supports urban agriculture in a variety of ways. One of the most important is by providing financial grants.

In fiscal year 2021 the City is offering mini-grants to support urban agriculture. Funds are available for agricultural production and growing sites as well as aggregation distribution sites. To qualify for funding, the location of the growing site or distribution site must be within the City of Cincinnati. Applicants can be non-profit or for-profit corporations and other entities may be considered. Grants are not made to individuals.

Applications are due Friday, October 2, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

Click here for links to the Program Criteria and Funding Guidelines and the Application Form.

Funds may be used only for eligible expenses dating from December 1, 2020 thru May 1, 2021.*

For more information please contact Robin Henderson at robin.henderson@cincinnati-oh.gov or at 513-352-5340

Items that are eligible for funding at AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION/GROWING (Garden or Farm) sites:

  • Site Improvement (e.g., soil testing, soil, compost, cover crops, etc.)
  • Growing needs (e.g., plants, seeds, tools, hoses, beds, beehives, etc.)
  • Infrastructure (e.g., water access, fencing, season extenders, benches, walkways, etc.
  • Land acquisition (expansion to or purchase of a new site*) within low income census tracks

Items that are eligible for funding at AGRICULTURAL AGGREGATED DISTRIBUTION sites:

  • Infrastructure/Equipment (e.g., racking/shelving, pallet jack, plastic pallets, reusable crates, packing material, forklift, large dollies, etc.)
  • Supplies (e.g., storage containers, liners, carts, tables, scales, bags, etc.)
  • Marketing Materials (e.g., postcard mailers, local food stickers and magnets, truck decals, signage, social/print/radio ads, etc.)
Applications DueFriday, October 2, 2020 by 5:00 PM
Award NotificationBy November 6, 2020
Expense Period Allowed for Reimbursement*December 1, 2020 – May 1, 2021

*Some new site projects may be subject to a different reimbursement process and timeline.

In Fiscal Year 2020 OES (using the Cincinnati Urban Agriculture Program dollars) partnered with the Department of Community and Economic Development (utilizing DCED’s CDBG-funded Vacant Lot Reutilization Program) and enhanced the funding for urban agriculture in the City. 

In total, the City received requests from 54 agricultural locations for resources totaling $243,148. Thirty existing sites were funded $17,140 and 16 new sites were funded $37,408.

The following entities were funded for urban agriculture supplies and resources in FY 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic some planned projects were adversely impacted.

144 FarmsArthur Place FarmBellarmine Chapel
Camp Washington Community BoardCarson Elementary SchoolCincinnati Urban Promise
Civic Garden CenterClifton Area Neighborhood School PTOCollege Hill Recreation Center
Community Matters Lower Price HillCommunity Learning Center Institute- Oyler SchoolDeSales Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
Dynamic GardensGabriel’s PlaceGroundwork Ohio River Valley
Hopes FulfilledIsaiah 55, Inc.Madisonville Community Council
Mount Auburn Chamber FoundationNESTNorth Fairmount Community Center/ Veggies Via Vespa
Our Harvest CooperativeParker Woods Montessori FoundationPay It Forward Cincinnati
PermaganicPrice Hill Will/BeeAttitude GardenRiverview East Academy
St. Stephen ChurchSayler Park Village CouncilSayler Park Recreation Center
Shine Nurture CenterSpring Grove Village Community GardenStudents Blossom- Hays Porter Elementary School
Sun Harvest Gardens, LLCTurner Farm Community Garden ProgramUrban Acre Farm
Urban Earth Farms/ EcovillageVerdure LandscapingVillage Green Foundation
Vitality Cincinnati, Inc.Walnut Hills Redevelopment FoundationWest McMicken Community Garden
Westwood Civic AssociationWinton Terrace Residents Council & Turner Farm, IncWorking In Neighborhoods

Reprinted for the City of Cincinnati website

Jim Prues