Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Food:Land:Opportunity, And Slow Food Chicago
LAUNCH COVID-19 FARMER SUPPORT GRANT
The COVID-19 Farmer Support Grant is an initiative led by Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) and Food:Land:Opportunity (FLO), in partnership with Slow Food Chicago (SFC), that will provide small grants of $500-$1,000 to Chicagoland farm businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are in need of immediate financial support for one or more of the following purposes:
Farm Supplies: Personal protective equipment (PPE), farm tools, and harvest supplies.
Farmer Income Support: Farmers experiencing a personal loss of income associated with their farm business.
Food Safety Initiatives: Hand washing station materials, cleaning supplies.
Labor Support: Supplemental labor costs.
Market Adaptation: Adaptations to existing market channels.
Priority will be given to Chicagoland farmers who are experiencing a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have limited access to external funding. This grant does not support volunteer-run community gardens, residential gardens, or farm businesses outside of Chicagoland.
Throughout April, Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) and Slow Food Chicago (SFC) will be carrying out a fundraising campaign in support of this grant opportunity. To contribute or learn more visit www.auachicago.org, www.slowfoodchicago.org, or get in direct contact with AUAâ€™s Outreach Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application for the COVID-19 Farmer Support Grant can be found here (y Aqui en EspaÃ±ol) and will be accessibleÂ on AUAâ€™s website. All applications must be submitted by April 20 and grants will be awarded to recipients by the first week of May.
The COVID-19 Farmer Support Grant is part of a larger grant initiative being led by Advocates for Urban Agriculture and Food:Land:Opportunity. Later in 2020, AUA will be releasing applications for a capacity-building grant program, designed by and for Chicagoland farmers. The capacity-building grants will empower Chicagoland farm businesses to expand their ability to produce and distribute locally grown food. More information will be released in the coming months.