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

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

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
TOTAL FUNDED $755,631

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:

2015 Regional Food System Grant Awards

2016 Regional Food System Grant Program Report

2017 Regional Food System Grant Awards

2018 Regional Food System Grant Awards

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