Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Development

The receipt of public and private funding is key to allowing organizations and projects thrive, particularly in the current economy. But writing grant applications is the second step in the process; the first step is to identify and prioritize grant opportunities.

BRS has identified grant funding sources and prepared grant applications for numerous clients, including non-profit organizations in the emerging fields of urban agriculture and food systems development. Clients in this field include well-established enterprises, such as Greensgrow Farms in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and newer organizations, including Urban Farming Solutions in Newark, New Jersey.

Working closely with each organization, BRS helped discern funding priorities for the organizations to target important priorities for each. Funding topics that were thoroughly researched to identify other potential funding sources include the following:

  • Education and outreach
  • General agriculture promotion and development
  • Small business/farms
  • Bio-fuels development
  • Community revitalization
  • Brownfields revitalization
  • Renewable energy and/or energy efficiency
  • General environmental improvements
  • Food access
  • Operating support

This research resulted in a list of numerous potential grant and loan sources. For each program, BRS provided:

  • A description of the program and eligible activities
  • Information on the amount and type of funding available, including details on requisite matches
  • A description of the funding cycle, if available
  • ¬†Information on eligible program applicants
  • Contact information

This research also resulted in strategies for how to maximize potential funding, including suggestions for additional partnerships that would increase access to funding.