Applications Now Being Accepted for the Montgomery County Resident & Community Food Production Gardening Grant Program

UPDATE as of 11/2: Application cycle is now closed. Grantees will be notified by November 11th.

Applications are being accepted now through October 29th for Montgomery County’s Resident and Community Food Production Gardening Grant Program. $160,000 in grants will be awarded to Montgomery County based organizations that increase resident access to yard, patio, and community gardening supplies, space, and education. 501(c)(3) organizations or collaboratives/community groups with nonprofit partners serving as project fiscal agents are eligible to apply.

All applications will be completed through an online Google form, which is available in English and Spanish. The links to both applications are below. If you cannot complete this application online or require the application be provided in a language other than English or Spanish, please contact mcressall@mocofoodcouncil.org to coordinate.

An information session via Zoom was held for interested applicants on Friday, October 16th. To review the presentation slides and Q&A from that information session, please click here.

Timeline:

Grant Description:

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the stability of the local food supply chain, and food insecurity has risen dramatically. In an effort to coordinate a strategic response to these conditions, Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Food Security Response Strategy prioritizes investments in systems, programs, and partnerships that build our local food system resiliency for the long-term.

Community and home gardening promotes food sovereignty, healthy living, civic engagement, and racial and social justice by creating opportunities for residents to create their own food sources, thereby reducing barriers to affordable and culturally-appropriate food access.  Community gardens are an effective way for residents who have been historically and disproportionately impacted by food insecurity and poor health outcomes to grow their own fresh, local, and nutritious food. Community garden programs can also build community advocacy capacity for healthy food, connect neighbors around sharing resources and tips on gardening at home, and provide social and emotional benefits. Through this program, Montgomery County is granting up to $160,000 in funding to initiatives that will expand local food production through home and community farming and gardening.

Eligible Montgomery County 501(c)(3) organizations, or collaboratives/community groups with nonprofit partners serving as project fiscal agents, can apply for up to $25,000 to increase organizational capacity to provide resident access to yard, patio, and community gardening supplies, space, and education. Priority for funding will focus on projects that:

Please find information on culturally appropriate foods in the following two reports:
Culturally Appropriate Food Access Survey Results (2019)
Culturally Appropriate Food Access in Montgomery County Gap Analysis and Action Plan Report

A panel of local community, food security, and gardening stakeholders will review the applications and determine grant awards based on the following criteria:

Eligible costs under this grant program include, but are not limited to: supplies, equipment, infrastructure expenditures, staffing costs, permitting costs, and educational materials. Please contact Massa Cressall at mcressall@mocofoodcouncil.org with any questions.

Grant awards are funded through County General Funds and Federal CARES Act funding that was appropriated by the Montgomery County Executive and Montgomery County Council to address local food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Food for Montgomery, a public-private initiative working to address the alarming spike in food insecurity due to COVID-19, will provide more food to more people while also helping Montgomery County recover the pandemic.

This grant opportunity is a partnership between the Montgomery County Food Security Task Force, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Montgomery County Food Council. For the latest COVID-19 updates, please visit the County’s COVID-19 website and follow Montgomery County on Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo and Twitter @MontgomeryCoMD.

Upcoming Events

Apr 19

Food Security Community Call

Every other Monday, 1:00 to 2:00 or 2:30pm. Please register in advance.

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Apr 21

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

Third Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30am via Zoom.

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Apr 23

Smithsonian Seminar on Reducing Food Waste

Friday, April 23, Smithsonian Seminar on Reducing Food Waste, 3:30-5:00pm

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Apr 27

Food Education Working Group Meeting

4th Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.

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Apr 27

Film Screening: A Community of Gardeners

A Community of Gardeners," sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

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April 27, July 27th, Oct 26th

Gardening Grant Showcase

The Food Education Working Group (FEdWG) would like to cordially invite you to our Gardening Grant showcase that we will be taking place over the course of four (4) FEdWG meetings in 2021.

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Apr 28

Stop Food Waste: Driving Awareness to Fight Food Waste

Stop Food Waste: Driving Awareness to Fight Food Waste. 2021 Virtual Event.

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Apr 29

Bethesda Green Innovation Lab – Entrepreneurs as Transformers

You’re invited to join Bethesda Green's Innovation Lab for an engaging, virtual event to celebrate the entrepreneurs of our Innovation Lab.

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Apr 30

Food Sovereignty Panel Discussion

The Montgomery County Food Council will be hosting a virtual Food Sovereignty Panel Discussion taking place on  Friday, April 30th from 10-11:30am.

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May 4

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

The first Tuesday of the month from 9:30AM-11AM via Zoom.

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May 25

Creating A Thriving Volunteer Team: Best Practices for Effective Recruitment, Management, and Retention in a Food Assistance Organization

Join us for a virtual training to learn best practices for recruiting and managing volunteers in your food assistance organization.

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