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Ag Secretary Invites Applicants for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill Urban Ag Grants to Turn Food Deserts into Community Feasts

08/01/2022

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today called for applications for $500,000 in PA Farm Bill Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grants. Funding is aimed at boosting the capacity of urban agriculture organizations to fill gaps in their communities' access to fresh food.

"Many of our neighbors in Pennsylvania cities must travel miles to a store or market that sells fresh food," Secretary Redding said. "Living in such a food desert has negative ripple effects on health and quality of life that can last generations. This funding helps communities turn barren lots and concrete walls in into flourishing, green spaces that feed families, bringing neighbors together, improving their health and changing their lives."

Since 2019, the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program has invested $1.5 million in 93 urban agriculture projects across 19 counties. Matching local investments of $1.5 million to date, mean that $3 million has gone toward expanding fresh food access in communities often served by a single convenience store.

Eligible projects improve or create programs, sharing resources or pooling agricultural products to build a neighborhood's access to fresh, local food. Individuals, businesses, community and agricultural organizations in urban communities may apply for either individual "microgrants" or collaborative grants for partnership projects.

Applicants must supply a 15% funding match to receive grants. In prior years, grants required a 100% match.

Grant applications must be submitted online through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Electronic Single Application. Applications are due by at 5:00 PM on Sept. 26, 2022.

Full grant guidelines are published in the July 30 edition of the PA Bulletin.

Earlier this month, Redding toured 19 sites across Pennsylvania during Urban Agriculture Week, visiting many projects funded under the program.

Find a map of previous grant recipients and details of other PA Farm Bill grants and initiatives to grow and sustain Pennsylvania agriculture at agriculture.pa.gov/pafarmbill.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers, 717-603-2056 or shpowers@pa.gov

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