Cultivating Change Grants

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Win up to $10,000 for your farm 
 
Local produce distributors, in partnership with PRO*ACT, are inviting qualifying farms to apply for Cultivating Change Grants to pay for certification costs, marketing, infrastructure projects, and capacity building. With a total of $85,000 available for farms looking to fund new and innovative projects, these grants seek to promote a culture of sustainability in the fresh food supply chain by encouraging innovation and environmentalism to local farms nationwide. 
  
2017 winner Arizona Microgreens used their $5,000 grant for a germination chamber, optimizing their growing process. “The Cultivating Change grant program shows us that PRO*ACT understands the ways in which small farms often face funding gaps,” shared founder Joseph Martinez. “This can make a huge difference for the viability of the farm. Winning a Cultivating Change grant closes the gap for us.” 
 
Farms are encouraged to apply for a Cultivating Change by December 15, 2018. Winners will be announced by February 4, 2019. For application guidelines, eligibility details and more, please visit www.cultivatingchange.org.
 
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This article was submitted by Greener Fields Together.
 
Greener Fields Together is a sustainability program for the produce value chain created by PRO*ACT, a national network of independently-owned local purveyors. Greener Fields together works to implement sustainability practices that improve environmental impacts and ensure the availability and safety of produce for foodservice and retail partners.

 

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