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

Application Timeline

Step 1 – Pre-Proposal Request for Pre-Proposals Released March 21, 2018
Grant Orientation Workshop April 2, 2018
Pre-Proposals Due April 23, 2018
Step 2 – Full Proposal Full Proposals Invited May 22, 2018
Full Proposals Due June 21, 2018
Review by External Panels, Advisory Committee Working Group, Advisory Committee June 23 – September 31, 2018
Board of Supervisors October 15, 2018
Step 3 – Grant Award Announce Awards October 16, 2018

Below are links to the Pre-Proposal RFP and related forms.

2018 RFP

2018 Pre-Proposal Form

2018 Pre-Proposal Additional Guidance

Eligible applicants: Individual farmers, producer networks, marketing cooperatives, farmers markets, businesses, schools, special districts, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and jurisdictions within KCD’s service area. Applicants do not have to be located in the service area as long as the project is located in the service area. KCD’s service area includes 34 cities and all of unincorporated King County. The cities of Enumclaw, Federal Way, Skykomish, Milton, and Pacific are outside KCD’s boundaries.

Ineligible projects:

  • Land and easement purchases
  • Easing barriers that the applicant can remove or modify as a matter of changing its own policies
  • Ongoing program activities
  • Lobbying
  • Fundraising
  • Work that the KCD could perform directly or contractually as part of its scheduled work
  • Projects that do not demonstrate benefits to multiple producers and/or stakeholders

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:

  • Infrastructure
  • Consumer Demand
  • Land Access
  • Food Safety
  • Farm Business Management

Previously Funded Regional Food System Grants

2017 KCD Regional Food System Grant Awards

On November 13, 2017, the KCD Board of Supervisors approved the following eight (8) Regional Food System Grant Awards totaling nearly $525,000.

Pike Place Market Foundation Pilot Individual Development Account Program for Beginning Farmers $16,050
Goose and Gander Farm Addressing the Farm Infrastructure Gap $99,919
Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative Market Boost Project $82,811
Lily Gottlieb-McHale Shared Soil $27,546
Public Health – Seattle & King County Building a Safe Meat Supply Chain by and for the East African Community in King County $97,500
SnoValley Tilth Growing Farm Businesses $54,581
King County Dept of Natural Resources & Parks Working Farmland Partnership Pilot Project $99,558
Food Innovation Network Creating a Replicable & Scalable Pathway for South King County Urban Agriculture $53,539
Highline College Highline College Community-Centered Urban Agriculture Program $75,902

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 Gant Program Report

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