The Wallace Center at Winrock International seeks applications from food hubs for the Farm Assistance Grants program. The intention of these grants is to provide assistance to food hubs in providing services to small and mid-sized farms and to help them become stronger supply partners. We are able to offer this program as a result of the generous support from the Walmart Foundation. Applicants will select one of two options in the application process: a self-designed project (Attachment A) or enrollment in the National Good Food Network Farmer Food Safety Education Program (Attachment B).
Grants will be made between $5,000 and $15,000 and work under the grant must be completed by December 31, 2015. The Wallace Center intends to award approximately 20-25 grants and reserves the right to fund any, a portion of, or none of the applications received.
Request for Applications (RFA) – Farm Assistance Grants
Download Request for Applications (PDF).
Download Request for Applications - Attachment A: Application Instructions and Template (Word).
Download Request for Applications – Attachment B: Application Instructions and Template (Word).
The objective of the Farm Assistance Grant program is to build small to mid-scale sustainable farm businesses’ capacity to overcome current challenges relating to working with food hubs. Because the food hub model requires working with numerous farmers and suppliers, many of them small and often unaccustomed to working with aggregators, these grants are targeted at assisting food hubs in their work to improve quality and consistency among their producers.
Food hubs make it possible for small and mid-size farms to gain entry into larger-volume markets that have been difficult or impossible for producers to access on their own. Not only do they provide a conduit to markets, farmers build their skill and capacity for supplying wholesale markets and having viable operations. Eligible food hubs must demonstrate that they are working with a diversity of small farms, including farms at various levels of sustainable production, and have developed strategies to increase the gender and ethnic diversity of the producers that supply products to their hub.
The Wallace Center would like to make a clarification on the eligibility criteria for the Farm Assistance Grant Program. One of the main goals of the program is to have the greatest impact on small and mid-sized farms. In the eligibility criteria it states that eligible hubs must be working with a minimum of 20 farms. Our intention in indicating a minimum number of farms was to reach as many farms as possible through this program. However, we do not want to discourage smaller hubs with less than 20 farmers from submitting eligible grant proposals. Therefore, we would like to clarify that any hub with less than 20 farmers is also eligible to apply for this grant program. In your application please ensure that you clearly state how your proposal will impact the farmers you are working with and include any information on how you will increase the number of farmers you are working with.
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information and some frequently asked questioned for Attachment B can be found here.
January 6, 2015: Request for Applications release
January 26, 2015: Applications due to Wallace Center by 11:59 pm EST
Proposals must be submitted by email to email@example.com by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Monday, January 26, 2015.
Review the complete RFA for submission details.
Program Website: www.wallacecenter.org/strengtheninglocalfoodsystems
Attn: Farm Assistance Grant Program
The Wallace Center
2121 Crystal Drive, Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22202