Food Access and Recovery Grants

The Trust’s 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 projects that support creating or enhancing communal growing/processing spaces and diverting food that would otherwise be wasted.

Local Food Production and Access has been identified as a priority in the Columbia Basin Management Plan: Strategic Priorities 2020-2023.

Capital purchases to support Food Access and Recovery Projects in 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.);
  • Creating opportunities for traditional teaching techniques to protect cultural practices; (e.g., traditional plant knowledge or wild meat processing techniques);
  • 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; and
  • Upgrading infrastructure to improve operations of existing, community-led food production and/or recovery.

Improvements to physical infrastructure are only eligible if they occur on non-profit, local government or First Nations land with established long-term use/operating agreements (minimum three years) and partnerships.

Eligible applicants include registered non-profits, local governments and First Nations in the Basin region.

Applicants operating outside the Basin must partner with community-based organizations operating within the region and must show that the project benefits residents of the Basin.

These grants are not intended to support the commercial production of food.

  1. Download and review the Program Guide.
  2. If you would like to work offline, download the Application Worksheet. The worksheet contains direction and advice on how to complete the application. This is optional and cannot be used as your application.
  3. Complete the Application Form online.
  4. Once your application is complete, and you have confirmed all the steps in the Program Guide, click submit. After you submit, you will receive an email confirmation that will contain your application.
  5. If you need to make an edit to the summited application before the application deadline, you can do so from the Your Entries and Drafts page on the application form website.

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 deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT.