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.
Information for the 2019 Regional Food System Grant Round can be found on this page and will be added in early 2019.
2018 Regional Food System Grant Application Process
|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.
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.
- Land and easement purchases
- Easing barriers that the applicant can remove or modify as a matter of changing its own policies
- Ongoing program activities
- 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:
- Consumer Demand
- Land Access
- Food Safety
- Farm Business Management
Previously Funded Regional Food System Grants
2018 KCD Regional Food System Grant Awards
KCD’s Board of Supervisors awarded $755,631 in 2018 KCD Regional Food System Grants to the following organizations.
|Applicant Organization||Project Title||Grant Request|
|City of Seattle,
Office of Sustainability and Environment
|Increasing Fresh Bucks Business Capacity and Customer Access in King County||$25,000|
|PCC Farmland Trust||Working Farmland Partnership Pilot Project||$99,810|
|Living Well Kent||Living Well Kent Green Houses and Farm||$96,000|
|Cart before Horse Farm||Post-Incubator Shared Farmland: Cart before Horse Farm||$26,425|
|Carnation Farms||Carnation Farms Grain Trust||$32,783|
|Viva Farms||Training and incubating a new and diverse generation of farmers in King County||$100,000|
|Cascadia Cooperative Farms||Phase 2: Farmer Engagement||$58,730|
|International Rescue Committee||Expanding Land Access through Urban Gardening||$89,491|
|Vashon Island Growers Association||Vashon Fresh…an online marketplace for local food||$30,030|
|Washington Water Trust||Increasing Adoption and Integration of Reclaimed Water for Irrigation within Cedar Sammamish Watershed||$97,363|
|Rotary First Harvest||King County Farmers Share||$100,000|
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. In 2017, we funded eight grants totaling nearly $525,000. Below are links to brief descriptions of the funded projects: