June 4th, 2024


Advocates for Urban Agriculture Announces 2024
Capacity Building Grant Awards


Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA), in partnership with the Food:Land:Opportunity (F.L.O.) is excited to announce the awardees of the 2024 Capacity Building Grant (CBG). CBG is a model for community-led resource distribution. These funds support urban farms and community gardens to enrich the local food economy, production and distribution in food insecure areas of Chicago. 

CBG recipients are selected by an Advisory Committee (AC) members composed of community residents who are past grantees, grower or supporters of earth stewardship. CBG recipients are selected by four AC members composed of local earth stewards, food leaders, and past grantees. AC members for this cycle: Gina Roxas (partial time on AC, Prairie Band Potawatomi, Trickster Cultural Center), Mabel Gladly (Otis Fresh Market), Beatrice Kamau (Multiple Harvest), and Roz Owens (Bronzeville Neighborhood Farm).

In the last three years, AUA has regranted a total of $586,500 and funded 115 growing operations in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. In 2023, 88% of grantees distributed food in Chicago’s Southside, Southwest & Southeast Side, & Chicago South Suburbs and 83% grantees reported entering a new market to increase revenue.

The grant serves farm operations which are:

  • Small Operations — less than 5 acres and/or have an operating budget of less than $250,000
  • Owned and/or led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), disabled, veteran status, trans, non-binary, and/or gender non conforming community residents.
  • Provide food and community engagement to food insecure areas in Chicago. 

2024 Capacity Building Grant Recipients:




    NOTE: 2024 grant cycle to be announced later summer


    Press Contact: 

    Bea Fry, Programs Steward // be*@au********.org