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The Black Food Fund is offering grants in the amount of $2,500 - $5,000 to Black farmers in Oregon and Washington. This grant program will support Black farmers as they create new and innovative agricultural projects, increase their farm viability, support food justice, preserve Black agricultural traditions, and/or serve their regional food economies.

This grant opportunity is for Black farmers and food producers working in Oregon or Washington. For the purposes of this application, the term farmer includes ranchers, fishers, and folks who add value to their farm products. This opportunity is for anyone who identifies as Black, African, African American, Black Indigenous, Afro Caribbean, Afro Asian, and/or Afro Latina/o/x.

Timeframe

The application period opens Monday, March 29 and closes Friday, April 16.

Decisions about grant awards will be made in early May and with expected payment of grants by early June.

Grant Amount

Grant amounts will range from $2,500 - $5,000. Grant amounts will be based on demonstrated need related to how the funds will support the farmer and their operation.

Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria

Funds are awarded on a competitive basis. Farmers must submit an application in order to be considered for funding support. 

Eligible Expenses

Grant funding may be used to support purchasing a new piece of equipment; covering operating costs such as seeds and compost; building new infrastructure, attending a farmer training program or conference; establishing new markets for local products and services; developing new uses for existing greenhouses, farm facilities, and equipment; adding value to existing farm products by developing innovative processing, packaging or marketing; making optimal use of on-farm and natural resources; projects which are focused on preserving and continuing Black agricultural traditions; hiring additional farm labor; and covering personal finances that stand in the way of farm success, including but not limited to childcare, housing, or student loan payments.

Farmer Eligibility

To be eligible, a farmer must:

  • Identify as Black, African, African American, Black Indigenous, Afro Caribbean, and/or Afro Latina/o/x 
  • This program is designed to support farmers and food producers who are currently, or are working toward, financially supporting themselves through their agricultural careers. Farmers who own and operate farm operations who also have off farm jobs to support themselves are still eligible to apply.
  • Live or farm in Oregon or Washington
  • Be able to describe a need for funding.

Contact

Email blackfoodfund@gmail.com with any questions about the guidelines or application.