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Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Competitive Grants Program (UAIP)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Closed July 30, 2021

About

The purpose of UAIP is to encourage and promote urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural practices, including—

  • community gardens and farms;

  • rooftop farms, outdoor vertical production, and green walls;

  • indoor farms, greenhouses, and high-tech vertical technology farms;

  • hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic farm facilities; and

  • other innovations in agricultural production, such as agroforestry and food forests

Project Type Descriptions

  1. Planning Projects (PP)—The purpose of PP is to support the development of projects that will either initiate, build upon, or expand the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in communities where access to fresh foods are limited or unavailable. PPs may be, but are not limited, to accomplish one or any number of the following—

    1. Develop recommendations for implementing community gardens and farms that can include urban agroforestry practices, food forests, or orchards, that respond to community needs as it relates to how food is grown, distributed, and marketed in target area(s);

    2. Facilitate agriculture assessments and identify opportunities that connect community needs with the benefits of agriculture such as food access, nutrition education, conservation, innovation, and economic development;

    3. Support the development of business plans, feasibility studies, and strategies to help offset start-up costs for new and beginning farmers;

    4. Provide support for municipal planning that consider policies to meet the growing needs of and zoning for community gardens and farms, urban agroforestry, orchards, rooftop farms, outdoor vertical production, green walls, indoor farms, greenhouses, high-tech vertical technology farms, and hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic farm facilities; or

    5. Assist schools that seek to increase knowledge of food and agricultural disciplines such as nutrition, crop and biology science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to develop and implement programs that create future leaders, farmers, gardeners, and entrepreneurs in agriculture and innovative production.

  2. Implementation Projects (IP)—The purpose of IP is to accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple Page 6 of 24 farmers or gardeners. IPs are to improve access to local food in the targetarea(s). IPs may be designed to—

    1. Facilitate the development of entrepreneurial projects by offering needed resources, such as job training, land, equipment, mentoring, and other business development assistance to new and beginning farmers;

    2. Increase food production in small urban and indoor spaces with emerging technologies such as vertical farming, hydroponics, aquaponics, rooftop farms, urban agroforestry etc.;

    3. Operate community gardens or nonprofit farms to educate a community on food systems, nutrition, environmental impacts, urban agroforestry, food forests, sustainable agriculture, and agricultural production and/or to offer hands-on training in farming or gardening;

    4. Meet specific State, local, or community food and agricultural needs by assisting municipalities, food producers, community organizations, and schools with policies for community gardens and farms that address food access, soil health, emerging technologies, and agricultural business; or

    5. Provide schools with resources to incorporate and emphasize the importance of growing and consuming nutritious food as well as training students for careers in agriculture.

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:

  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

  • A unit of local government; and

  • Any school that serves any of the grades kindergarten through grade 12

Terms

The estimated funding floor for Planning Projects (PP) is $50,000 and the funding ceiling is $200,000.

The estimated funding floor for Implementation Projects (IP) is $50,000 and the funding ceiling is $300,000.

The funding floor means the minimum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. The ceiling is the maximum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. These numbers refer to the total agreement amount, not any specific budget period.

The primary goal of UAIP is to assist eligible entities with projects that support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2021 will be approximately $4 million.

Resources

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Details

Release Date

May 27, 2021

Deadline

July 30, 2021

Organization

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Financial Instrument

Grant

Minimum Award Amount

$50,000

Maximum Award Amount

$300,000

Total Program Funding

$4,000,000

Image Credit

Jonathan Hanna

Updated July 28, 2021

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