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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.

Strategic Initiative Grants

King Conservation District releases Regional Food System Strategic Initiative Grant RFQ's

As part of its Regional Food System Program, King Conservation District (KCD) is soliciting requests for Qualifications (RFQs) to provide targeted investments intended to address key food system issues identified through broad stakeholder outreach and input from the Regional Food System Program Advisory Committee Working Group. Details can be found here: Farmers Market Manager Support · Local Institutional Purchasing Support · Direct Marketing Support · Dairy Support

2017 KCD Regional Food System Grant Awards

On November 13th, the KCD Board of Supervisors approved the following eight (8) Regional Food System Grant Awards totaling nearly $525,000.

Food System Grant Application Process
Below is an overview of the King Conservation District’s 2017 Food System Grant application process. The 2018 process will be posted in early spring.

2017 KCD Regional Food System Grant Application Process
Pre-proposals for 2017 grants were due by 4:00 PM on April 24th. The maximum award is $100,000. Requests for Full-Proposals were due June 22, 2017. Recipients were announced November 14, 2017.
Below are links to the Pre-Proposal RFP and related forms.

Full Proposal Instructions (PDF)
Food Grant Full Proposal Application (Word)
Regional Food System Grant Budget Worksheet (Excel)

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.
November 14: 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