The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $4 million in grants for the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects. USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production is accepting proposals for planning and innovation projects, and these grants are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture. But, the deadline to apply on Grants.gov is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 30, 2021.
Planning projects initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. Projects may target areas of food access, education, business and start-up costs for new farmers, urban agroforestry or food forests, and development of policies related to zoning and other needs of urban production.
The Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production was established through the 2018 Farm Bill. It includes representatives from many USDA agencies, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and the Agricultural Marketing Service. More information is available at farmers.gov/urban.