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.
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 email@example.com 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 Due||Friday, October 2, 2020 by 5:00 PM|
|Award Notification||By 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 Farms||Arthur Place Farm||Bellarmine Chapel|
|Camp Washington Community Board||Carson Elementary School||Cincinnati Urban Promise|
|Civic Garden Center||Clifton Area Neighborhood School PTO||College Hill Recreation Center|
|Community Matters Lower Price Hill||Community Learning Center Institute- Oyler School||DeSales Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation|
|Dynamic Gardens||Gabriel’s Place||Groundwork Ohio River Valley|
|Hopes Fulfilled||Isaiah 55, Inc.||Madisonville Community Council|
|Mount Auburn Chamber Foundation||NEST||North Fairmount Community Center/ Veggies Via Vespa|
|Our Harvest Cooperative||Parker Woods Montessori Foundation||Pay It Forward Cincinnati|
|Permaganic||Price Hill Will/BeeAttitude Garden||Riverview East Academy|
|St. Stephen Church||Sayler Park Village Council||Sayler Park Recreation Center|
|Shine Nurture Center||Spring Grove Village Community Garden||Students Blossom- Hays Porter Elementary School|
|Sun Harvest Gardens, LLC||Turner Farm Community Garden Program||Urban Acre Farm|
|Urban Earth Farms/ Ecovillage||Verdure Landscaping||Village Green Foundation|
|Vitality Cincinnati, Inc.||Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation||West McMicken Community Garden|
|Westwood Civic Association||Winton Terrace Residents Council & Turner Farm, Inc||Working In Neighborhoods|
Reprinted for the City of Cincinnati website…