The Arkansas Community Foundation seeks to learn and invest more in access to healthy foods as it relates to food insecurity.
The grants range from $10K – $15K and the funding language can be found below.
- Programs that help Arkansas-based small farmers and food producers connect to markets, build operational capacity (for example, through training, certification, support for back-office financial management) or expand production.
- Programs that pilot innovative strategies to connect Arkansans to more locally grown produce, either at market rate (for example, online farmers markets) or through emergency food distribution for those experiencing food insecurity.
What they’re looking for:
- Programs that address barriers to local food production or support small growers
- Proposals that show evidence of partnership and/or how your program connects to a broader ecosystem of local food production and access
- Project personnel (staff or key volunteers) who have experience with food production, farming, food business marketing or emergency food distribution
What they’re not looking for:
- Community gardening programs that are primarily focused on teaching gardening skills or offering a place for neighbors to garden for their own personal use. While these programs are important, this grant opportunity is more focused on increasing wider community access to locally grown food, either through bringing more food to market or significant distribution to people experiencing food insecurity.
- PK-12 school gardens that are primarily for educational purposes rather than significant food production.
Learn more about the opportunity and its requirements by navigating to: https://www.arcf.org/apply/nonprofits/access-to-local-foods-grants/