Farm Grants for Mendocino & Lake County Farmers
Thursday, September 26, 2019
$50,000 in Farm Grants for Mendocino & Lake County Farmers, Good Farm Fund Now Accepting Applications
The Good Farm Fund is pleased to announce its 2019 farm grant cycle is now open. This year Good Farm Fund will provide the largest round of farm grant funding in their history, $50,000, to support local farms and ranches. The goal of the Good Farm Fund grants is to provide economic development assistance for small food producers in Mendocino and Lake Counties and increase access to fresh local food in our community’s food system.
Interested applicants can download a copy of the application and guidelines from the Good Farm Fund’s website (www.goodfarmfund.org/farm-grant-program). All applications are due by October 15, 2019.
In addition to demonstrating financial need, strong candidates will demonstrate how their proposed project will maximize food production for local consumption, provide affordable food for all people in the community and apply environmentally beneficial farming and/or ranching practices.
This year the Good Farm Fund will be funding two different grant tiers for single farm applications, a multiple farm application level, as well as a special grant category for Lake County farms.
- GRANT TIERS: Grant applications can be made in one of two tiers for single farm applications, $500-$4,000 projects and larger projects ranging from $4,000 to $7,000. Our large project grants are funded by our Foundation Sponsors: Frey Vineyards and Sonoma Clean Power. Should multiple farms opt to file for a large project that would serve the wider agricultural community we will also consider multi-farm applications in the $4,000-$14,000 range.
- LAKE CO. GRANT: This year we also have targeted grant funds from Redwood Credit Union for Lake County farmers (up to $10,000).
- For questions about the grant process, contact Kelly Hansen at 467-3200 x283 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Good Farm Fund was created in 2015 as a collective way for our community to directly support local farmers and increase local food security for all. According to past grant awardee and rancher Ruthie King, “Getting our business up and running has been a work of passion and perseverance. Every dollar in our first years is critical, and we were limited in scaling up our livestock operation by a lack of infrastructure. The Good Farm Fund grant allowed us to purchase a trailer for hauling animals and feed, and our business is thriving thanks to that major support.”
The 2019 grants will be awarded at Good Farm Fund’s winter feast, which will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Barra Wine Event Center in Redwood Valley. This annual event sells out early, so grab your tickets early. Online tickets are available now on Brown Paper Tickets (GFFWinter.brownpapertickets.com).
About the Good Farm Fund
The Good Farm Funds is a community organization dedicated to providing direct support to small farmers in Mendocino and Lake Counties, as well as increasing local food security for all members of our community. The Good Farm Fund is a fiscally sponsored program of North Coast Opportunities, a Community Action Agency serving Lake & Mendocino Counties. www.goodfarmfund.org @goodfarmfund
Program(s) Involved: Good Farm Fund