Community Agriculture Seed Money Grant Applications Open Now

Maple Leaf Community Garden in Seattle - Seed Grant Awardee

The 2024 Seed Money Grants are now accepting applications. Seed Money Grants support the creation of new community agriculture projects and help sustain existing projects. In turn, this promotes resilient food systems and communities and safeguards food sovereignty. Project selection is based on potential for community impact, engagement of diverse groups, and natural resource stewardship. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until September 30, 2024, or funds are exhausted.

KCD will fund eligible projects up to $3,500 based on proposed budget and market rates. KCD will purchase project supplies, equipment, and/or services and deliver them to community garden sites. Additionally, grantees can spend up to $500 of their award on garden or farming tools. Remaining funds will be reallocated to KCD for future projects. All projects must be completed no later than November 30, 2024.

A “Community Agriculture Project” includes community gardens, school gardens, faith-based gardens, non-profits, government entities, apartment complexes, or any group that is growing together for the benefit of the community.

Eligible projects include:

  • Raised garden bed construction or repair
  • Composting systems
  • Micro (drip) irrigation
  • Rainwater catchment
  • Fruit tree/shrub plantings
  • Fruit tree/shrub pruning
  • Pollinator plantings
  • Native plantings
  • Invasive species removal/weed control
  • Small greenhouse or hoophouse
  • Soil amendments (top soil, lime, fertilizer, compost, etc.)

All projects require an initial site visit before funds are awarded, as well as a closeout site visit at the culmination of the project. Technical assistance and support can be provided on request.

Groups that currently hold a KCD grant are not eligible to apply for the same garden project.

Grant applications must be submitted through the online grant portal. You must have a username and password to log into the online grant portal. If you have applied for a grant from KCD before, contact us for your username and password. If you have not applied to a grant before, you will need to create a new account. The video below explains how to create an account and apply.

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Photo Credit: KCD Staff. Maple Leaf Community Garden in Seattle was awarded a seed money grant to install blueberry and elderberry bushes as part of their community orchard. The gardeners steward this orchard and donate extra produce to the local food bank.

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