The King Conservation District Regional Food System Grant Program was initiated to link producers with consumers and to serve as a catalyst for making local food production environmentally 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.
The KCD Regional Food System Grant Program was designed to support the goals of the King County Local Food Initiative and the Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council.
KCD awarded nine grants totaling $663,878 in 2015 and we awarded eleven grants totaling $742,445 in 2016. Below are links to brief descriptions of the funded projects:
2015 Regional Food System Grant Awards
2016 Regional Food System Grant Awards
KCD Regional Food System Grants
Details on the 2017 round of KCD Regional Food System Grant funding will be posted on our website. Below is an overview of the grant application process. We fund projects spanning up to two years and the maximum request is $100,000.
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.
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.
Funding priorities: Projects must implement strategies described in Appendix A and B of the King County Local Food Initiative Report.
Priority will be given to projects that address:
Application forms and additional details on the 2017 KCD Regional Food System Grant Program will be posted when they are finalized.