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Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund
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Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund

In November 2016, voters approved the Sustainability Tax ballot initiative–a sales tax that funds sustainability programs across the county.

For 2024, Boulder County has allotted $100,000 of this funding for the Local Food and Agriculture grant program, which aims to support projects that build resilience and decrease environmental harm in Boulder County’s local food system.

This program is different from past years with increased requirements for projects. Most notably, soil health projects are no longer eligible to apply for this fund, but can instead apply for the new Boulder County Soil Health Initiative.  

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Any registered business, official nonprofit organization, or government entity can apply for funding ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.

Applications must meet one or more of the following categories:

  1. Farmer/producer education, conferences, and workshops that focus on sustainable and regenerative agriculture demonstrations; 
  2. Farmer’s market infrastructure; 
  3. Sustainable local food and crop processing;  or
  4. Programmatic and resource support for frontline farm workers and organizations. 

Other Requirements:

  1. Limit one application per applicant
  2. Businesses must have been operating for at least one year at the time of application
  3. The grant committee will prioritize projects occurring on private land
  4. 2023 grant recipients will not be considered for this year’s funding.

How to Apply

  1. Please review the Application Packet. This includes a list of the application questions.
  2. Complete and Submit the Online Application linked here.
    • This form works best in Chrome, Firefox, or Safari and must be completed in one session. We recommend filling out your answers in the instruction packet and then copy-pasting into the form when you are ready to submit.
  3. Submit no later than Monday, February 12, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Resources

  1. The 2023 Sustainability, Climate Action, and Resilience Plan provides more information on Boulder County’s Food and Agriculture Goals.
  2. A list of previous grant recipients can be found here.
  3. Please check the FAQ below for help with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If your project requires new or additional labor for existing staff, some funding may be used for their salary. Funding may also be to pay for contracted labor for your project, if needed.

Funding cannot be used to pay staff for work previously completed, or that was already required of them regardless of receiving this grant.

No, but please note that these funds each have very different project requirements and will require different applications.

If you received funding from this program in 2022 or earlier, you are welcome to apply and scoring will not be impacted by your previous funding.

2023 recipients will not be considered for this year’s funding.

No – the grant committee will evaluate each application individually, and does not have specific quotas to meet for any of the listed categories.

No, projects submitted after the deadline will not be considered for this grant.