Microgrant Program

Applications for Grant Cycle 6 are due March 15, 2020

 

Local Food Microgrant Program 

Urban Food Connections of Utah is pleased to offer a limited number of microgrant opportunities for existing commercial farming establishments dedicated primarily to the production of fruits and vegetables using ecologically sustainable agricultural methods. The intent of the Local Food Microgrant Program is to increase the amount and diversity of ecologically sustainable agriculture produced for the Utah market by assisting local small farmers to access technology, education, tools and equipment to support more sustainably grown local produce.

Over the first 5 grant cycles, $75,000 was distributed to Utah farmers. Over the next three grant cycles, $45,000 will be available to Utah farmers and growers. The minimum request is $500, and the maximum grant request is $5,000.

Who may apply for the grant?

UFCU will accept applications from farmers that sell or distribute sustainably grown produce direct to consumers through Utah farmers markets, grocery stores, and community supported agriculture operations that have drop-off sites within Utah. 

Projects that qualify for funding:

Potential projects may include:

  • Installation of sustainable farming techniques such as waterwise irrigation systems, increased produce storage capabilities, solar panels, etc…
  • Building hoop houses or greenhouses to extend the growing season
  • Purchase of organic seed
  • Continuing education for farmers

Click here for a PDF version of Cycle 6 Application

Apply here

If you have any questions please contact Carly Gillespie by email: , or phone: 801.333.1102