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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.

2018 Regional Food System Grant Application Process
Pre-Proposals for 2018 are due by 4:00 PM on April 23rd. The maximum award is $100,000. Requests for Full-Proposals are due June 21, 2018. Recipients will be announced October 9, 2018.

A Grant Orientation Workshop will be held Monday, April 2, 2018, at the South Treatment Plant in Renton from 10am – 12:30pm. You will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with local collaborative partners and community members about your grant ideas and how to craft a good pre-proposal.
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Application Documents

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.  Not all strategies are eligible for funding. See 2018 Additional Guidance. Additional points will be given to projects that address the following Funding Priorities:

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, in 2016 we awarded eleven grants totaling $742,445, and in 2017 we awarded nine grants totaling $607,406.

2015 Regional Food System Grant Awards
2016 Regional Food System Grant Awards
2017 Regional Food System Grant Awards