Foundation / Corporation
Community Food Co-op - Farm Fund
Grants to Washington multi-farm collaborations for projects that strengthen and develop local, sustainable agriculture and the local food system in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Please note that Skagit County applicants must either supply Whatcom County or serve Whatcom County farms as part of their program.
The Farm Fund works to strengthen the market for sustainable agriculture in Whatcom County, encourage ecological and socially responsible farmland stewardship, and to increase access to and awareness of healthy food grown, raised, and/or processed by local producers. Applicants will be asked to describe how their project will address one or more of the following goals:
- Build the market and/or strengthen infrastructure for local farms at large;
- Encourage ecological and socially responsible stewardship of local farmland;
- Develop innovative models that can advance the local farming community;
- Increase community access to, and awareness of, healthy, organic food grown by local producers; and
- Benefit the Co-op membership.
Examples of grant-funded projects: business opportunities for multiple local farms (not just one), increasing access to local seed and grain, product trials, shared sheep shearing tools and training, workshops, programs for new farmers, non-GMO seed testing, farmers markets, a food bank program that helps farms buy seeds in exchange for produce, food hubs, multi-farm collaborations, farmland access projects, cooperative development, and product development.
Examples of secured loan projects: greenhouses, irrigation, fencing, start up costs, feed, coolers, freezers, tillers, tractors and other equipment, chick incubator, egg cleaner, barn renovations, livestock, refrigerated trucks etc. for single farm businesses.
GrantWatch ID#: 167116
Grant applicants must:
- Have a Co-op membership (see: http://communityfood.coop/join-us/member-owner-benefits/).
- Share how their project will benefit local, sustainable agriculture at large. Note: Skagit County applicants must either supply Whatcom County or serve Whatcom County farms as part of their program. For more information about grant-funded projects, or to download a Farm Fund low-interest, secured loan application, go to http://www.communityfood.coop/ and click on the Farm Fund icon on the left. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call and ask which program is the best fit is for your project.
The use of funding to pay for labor is not a disqualifier, but is typically ranked low. If labor in the short term has a high impact on the success of your project for the long term, please describe it in your application.
The Farm Fund strongly prefers that you email your application; however, you can also mail or hand-deliver your application to the address listed below. The committee does not review CDs, DVDs or videos. Info brochures can be attached or sent to the Co-op.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org (strongly preferred), or mail/hand-deliver your application to:
Community Food Co-op
Attn. Jean Rogers
405 E. Holly St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
Call Jean Rogers, Farm Fund Administrator, with any questions at: 360-734-8158, ext. 311.
USA: Washington: Whatcom and Skagit counties