WEST CHESTER (August 9, 2019) – Applications are now being accepted for a new Pennsylvania grant program to support agricultural programs in urban areas, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.

The deadline to apply is September 6, 2019.

The Urban Agriculture Infrastructure (UAI) Grant Program, the first program of its kind under the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, will provide $500,000 in total funding for organizations and individuals who promote community development through agriculture and farming in urban areas.

“Beyond providing fresh, healthy food to lower-income communities, overcoming food deserts, and creating local food networks, urban farms and gardens bring people together by actively engaging the community as a whole,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said. “That’s what urban agricultural is all about and that’s why it’s so important.” 

To be considered for the grants, projects must include improvements to agricultural infrastructure and support community growth (both in and outside of the garden). Projects may further include provisions to promote the sharing of resources among urban agricultural organizations or plans to improve or add programs that aggregate agricultural products in urban areas.

The grants are designed to support the build-out of urban agriculture infrastructure through investment, collaboration, cooperation, scaling up operations, and supporting entrepreneurship.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is awarding two types of grants:

  • Microgrants (up to $2,500) for one-time projects and single entity applicants.
  • Collaboration grants (up to $50,000) for cooperative or regional efforts which share resources, aggregate agricultural products or producers, promote the sharing of resources among agricultural entities, and support community development.

Grant funds cannot be used to cover in-kind contributions or reimburse wages or salaries of the recipient’s staff.

The Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program is part of a larger package of legislation that was passed in the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, of which Senator Dinniman was a strong supporter. The bill provides further support and investment for the agriculture industry in developing business and sustainability plans, supporting the agricultural workforce, and protecting and creating the necessary infrastructure. 

To apply for the grants, interested parties can fill out an application online at: http://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/login.aspx

 

For more information about the grant program’s requirements or the Pennsylvania Farm Bill visit the Department of Agriculture’s website

 

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