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The King Conservation District Regional Food System Grant Program was initiated to provide a catalyst for making local food production more ecologically and economically sustainable. The program funds projects that contribute to the economic viability of local farmers, encourage new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for King County farm products.

2017 KCD Regional Food System Grant Application Process
Pre-proposals for 2017 grants are due by 4:00 PM, on April 24th. The maximum award will be $100,000. Requests for Full-Proposals will be due June 22, 2017. Recipients will be announced October 10, 2017.

Below are links to the Pre-Proposal RFP and related forms. Please complete and return the Pre-Proposal as a Word document.

Food System Grant Request for Pre-Proposals
Food System Grant Pre-Proposal Form
Food System Grant Pre-Proposal Guidance
Food System Grant FAQs

Below is an overview of the King Conservation District’s 2017 Food System Grant application process.

Regional Food System Grant Overview

2017 Food System Grant Application Timeline

April 7: Grant Orientation Workshop, 10:00-12:30, South Treatment Plant, Renton.
April 24: Pre-proposal deadline.
May 23: Invitations to advance to full grant proposals.
June 22:  Final proposal deadline.
October 10: Grant awards announced.

Eligible applicants: Individual farmers, producer networks, marketing cooperatives, farmers markets, businesses, schools, special districts, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and jurisdictions within the KCD service area. Applicants do not have to be located in the service area as long as the project is located in the service area.

The King Conservation District service area includes 34 cities and all of unincorporated King County. The cities of Enumclaw, Federal Way, Skykomish, Milton, and Pacific are outside the District's boundaries.

Ineligible projects:

Match: Match is required in the form of in-kind, cash, or both from applicants and/or partners. Cash match is not required and there is no minimum matching amount.

Partnerships: Partnerships are not required for eligibility, but are strongly encouraged. In the absence of partnerships, applicants must demonstrate the project's relationship to existing producer or consumer networks such as food hubs.

Local Food Initiative Strategies and Funding Priorities: Projects must carry out strategies of the King County Local Food Initiative described in Appendix A and B of the King County Local Food Initiative Report. Additional points will be given to projects that address:

Previously Funded Regional Food System Grants
King Conservation District initiated the Regional Food System Grant Program in 2015. The first year we awarded nine grants totaling $663,878, and in 2016 we awarded eleven grants totaling $742,445. Below are links to brief descriptions of the funded projects:

2015 Regional Food System Grant Awards
2016 Regional Food System Grant Awards