USDA Seeks Applications for Two National Funding Competitions to Support Urban Agriculture, 加强粮食安全

新闻 & 媒体/ 2022年6月7日

八月截止申请. 2 for Urban Agriculture 而且 Innovative Production Competitive Grants

九月截止申请. 1 for Community Compost 而且 Food Waste Reduction Cooperative Agreements

美国.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $43.1 million available this year for two national-level funding competitions that support urban agriculture. Projects funded will strengthen the food supply chain 而且 transform the food system to be fairer, 更有竞争力, 更有韧性.

This is the third year that USDA is offering these national funding opportunities through the USDA Office of Urban Agriculture 而且 Innovative Production. Specifically, USDA is investing $10.2 million in new cooperative agreements to exp而且 compost 而且 food waste reduction efforts; 而且 $14.2 million in new grants to support the development of urban agriculture 而且 innovative production projects.

“Investing in urban agriculture innovations helps us build a fairer, more transparent food system 而且 promote equity by increasing nutrition security 而且 economic opportunity in underserved communities,” said Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Terry Cosby. “These projects will help urban farmers create new, 更便宜, 而且 better local market options 而且 help urban communities produce fresh 而且 healthy food locally, reducing food waste while building nutrient rich compost.”

Office of Urban Agriculture 而且 Innovative Production (UAIP) Grants

UAIP拨款 have already provided more than $7.5 million focused on food access, 教育, business 而且 start-up costs for new farmers, 而且 development of policies related to zoning 而且 other needs. 14美元.2 million to be awarded in 2022 will support the development of urban agriculture 而且 innovative production projects through:

规划项目 that initiate or exp而且 efforts of urban 而且 suburban farmers, 园丁, 公民, 政府官员, schools 而且 other stakeholders to target areas of food access, 教育, business 而且 start-up costs for new farmers, 城市林业, 而且 policies related to zoning 而且 other needs of urban production.

项目的实施 加速城市发展, indoor 而且 other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers 而且 improve local food access. They may support infrastructure needs, 新兴技术, 教育 而且 urban farming policy implementation.

Applications for UAIP拨款 are due Aug. 2, 2022 在赠款.政府 under funding opportunity number USDA-NRCS-UAIP-22-NOFO0001178. 详情请浏览: View Opportunity | GRANTS.政府

Composting 而且 Food Waste Reduction Cooperative Agreements  (CFWR)

So far USDA has invested $3 million in community composting in urban areas across the country. 10美元.2 million to be awarded in 2022 will fund pilot projects that develop 而且 implement strategies for municipal compost plans 而且 food waste reduction plans.

Local 政府ernments may submit projects that do one or more of the following:

  • 生成堆肥;
  • provide access to compost to farmers;
  • 减少化肥的使用;
  • 改善土壤质量;
  • encourage waste management 而且 permaculture business development;
  • increase rainwater absorption; reduce municipal food waste; 而且/or
  • divert food waste from l而且fills.

Priority will be given to projects that anticipate or demonstrate economic benefits, incorporate plans to make compost easily accessible to farmers, including community 园丁, integrate other food waste strategies, including food recovery efforts 而且 collaborate with multiple partners. Projects should span two years.

Applications for CFWR cooperative agreements are due Sept. 1, 2022 在赠款.政府 under funding opportunity number USDA-NRCS-NHQ-CFWR-22-NOFO0001179. 详情请浏览: View Opportunity | GRANTS.政府

如何申请 for Grants 而且 Cooperative Agreements

Submit applications via grants.政府为 Composting 而且 Food Waste Competitive Agreements 而且 UAIP拨款. Pre-recorded webinars on the purpose, 项目类型, 资格, 而且 basic requirements for submitting applications will be posted at 美国农业部.政府 /城市. 电子邮件 UrbanAgriculture@美国农业部.政府 有什么问题吗.

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