Foundation / Corporation
Community Food Co-op - Farm Fund
Grants of up to $5,000 and loans of up to $12,000 to Washington food and farm producers and processors in eligible counties to support wholesale market expansion and enhance productivity. Funding is intended to encourage an increase in the availability, quality, and amount of local food produced and available to serve the wholesale market. Requests will be accepted from Whatcom and Skagit County applicants for projects benefiting Whatcom County.
The Farm Fund works to strengthen the market for organic and sustainable agriculture in Whatcom County, encourage ecological and socially responsible farmland stewardship, support resilient, successful farms, and to increase access to healthy food grown, raised, or processed by local producers.
The Next Step Project pairs grant funding with loans or other investments by the farmer to increase the amount, quality, and/or availability of local food produced and available to serve the wholesale market within 12 to 18 months. Specific Next Step Program goals are:
GrantWatch ID#: 187478
- Next Step accepts proposals for grants of $1,250 to $5,000.
- The grant to investment ratio is 1-to-4, with the minimum grant amount of $1,250 corresponding to a $5,000 loan. A maximum grant amount would be $5,000, corresponding to a $20,000 or greater investment.
- Applications must be initiated within 12 months of approval.
- Acquisition of additional farmland or production area - Flexibility up to a year before or after will be considered for this category.
Loans: If using a low-interest Farm Fund secured loan, terms are set by the applicant and ICU, with typical interest rates at 3%.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Direct questions to Jean at email@example.com or 360-734-8158, ext. 311.
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