Food Access and Recovery Grants

The Food Access and Recovery Grants support community-led projects that increase access to affordable, quality, local food, with particular emphasis on supporting vulnerable populations. This includes creating or enhancing communal growing/processing spaces, knowledge-sharing opportunities and diverting food which would otherwise be wasted.

Local Food Production and Access has been identified as a priority in the Columbia Basin Management Plan: Strategic Priorities 2020-2022.

Projects should fit at least one of the following Project Categories:

  • Developing new or enhancing existing local, community growing spaces for use by members of the public (e.g. community garden spaces, chicken coops, non-commercial greenhouses, egg incubators, seed bank/distribution, rooftop gardens, vertical farming, etc.);
  • Redistributing local and, where applicable, non-local food waste (e.g. from a landfill, grocery stores, community fruit trees or garden or local farm or orchard) to individuals, families, and/or community agencies that serve vulnerable populations (e.g. food bank, community kitchen);
  • Integrating improved technology to create efficiencies in, or expand upon, existing community-led food production and/or recovery programs, including food processing and/or delivery; and
  • Upgrading infrastructure to improve operations of existing, community-led food production and/or recovery programs, including food processing and/or delivery.

Non-profits, including social enterprises, local governments, and First Nations in the Columbia Basin Trust region.

Businesses may be considered depending on the project and its broad community impact.

  • Businesses must demonstrate partnerships with non-profits, local governments and/or First Nations communities in the Columbia Basin in the design and delivery of their proposed project.

Applicants operating outside the Basin must partner with community-based organizations in the Basin to be eligible and show that the project benefits the Basin.

  1. Download and carefully review the Program Guide before beginning your application.
  2. If you would like to work offline, download the Worksheet. This is optional and cannot be used as your application.
  3. If you have questions about the grant, or would like to connect with the Program Advisor, contact  localfood@ourtrust.org.
  4. When you are ready, complete the online application form.
    You may save a draft and return to it at a later date to resume your application.
  5. Once your application is complete, and you have confirmed all the steps in the Program Guide and Application Guide, click Submit. After you submit, you will receive an email confirmation that will contain your application.
  6. If you need to make an edit to the submitted application before the application deadline, you can do so from the Your Entries and Drafts page on the application form website.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by email within eight weeks after the deadline. 

If you have any questions about the application process, or would like to apply via a paper application, contact the Trust at localfood@ourtrust.org or 1.800.505.8998.

The Trust is hosting an information session on October 6, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m PT / 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MT. Guest speakers from Basin communities will share how their organizations have been increasing community access to local food.

Join the meeting

Meeting ID: 898 7164 1215
Passcode: 787459

Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. MT.