Registration Opens: May 2017 Community Food Projects Grant Writing Workshops

— Written By Joanna Lelekacs

Have you ever considered applying to the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program?

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is expected, Fall 2017, to issue a Request for Applications to its Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program.

Register online by May 17, 2017 to attend one of two 2017 Community Food Projects Grant Writing Workshops in North Carolina. Workshops will be held in the following locations on the following dates:

May 23, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Catawba County Extension
Newton, NC
May 25, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
University of Mount Olive
Mount Olive, NC

Download the workshop agenda, including information on workshop presenters.

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Participant outcomes:

  • Workshop participants will increase their knowledge of how to apply for federal grant funding through
  • Workshop participants will understand the steps for building a quality community food project.
  • Workshop participants will increase their understanding of the benefits of collaborations and partnerships for community food projects.
  • Workshop participants will understand how to build partnerships and networks in their community to support their efforts.
  • Workshop participants will understand the basics of developing a strong evaluation plan for a Community Food Project grant as well as for building capacity within their organization.

Primary goals of the Community Food Project Competitive Grants Program

  • Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federal assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service;
  • Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities;
  • Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and
  • Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to:
    • Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project;
    • Planning for long-term solutions; or
    • The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

NC State Extension and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, in partnership with New Entry Sustainable Farming Project through its Community Food Project grant program technical assistance project, are holding two full-day workshops in May 2017 to help applicants prepare for this important grant opportunity. Registration is free, and capacity is limited, so REGISTER NOW to secure a spot at one of the workshops. A local foods lunch will be provided to registrants.

For more information, contact

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