The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is offering three mini-grants of $3,000-$3500 each to support aggregation projects across the state. Grantees can use funding for a variety of projects, but funding must enhance the efforts and sustainability of aggregating local food. Specifically, funding can be used for startup aggregation/food hub projects or existing aggregators/food hubs for business coaching, addition of staff, equipment, marketing, or other tactics to become more sustainable and implement business and/or logistics plans. By the end of the grant period, grantees will receive business and production planning and will have authored a business plan.
Grant funds will be distributed by May 2015 and the grant period will run until December 31, 2015.
Find the complete RFP below.
Link to the Food Hub Intake Form (Must be completed as a part of your application)
The mission of the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition is to build, support and strengthen a statewide network of those involved in West Virginia’s local food economies, with the interconnected goals of improving access to healthy, locally-produced food for all West Virginians and helping viable food and farm businesses to grow.
Our conviction is that when West Virginia farmers and food producers become more directly connected to West Virginia consumers, the results include healthier people, greater business opportunities, stronger communities, and a unique economy reflecting our state’s proud heritage of self-sufficient food production. We are especially dedicated to the success of small-but-growing West Virginia food businesses and beginning farmers focused on selling to local consumers. To advance these ends, the Coalition works to grow food and farm businesses, promote access to local foods, share resources, and change agricultural policy.
West Virginia’s Road Map for the Food Economy is a statewide “food charter” designed to help us all focus, measure, and celebrate our collective progress towards stronger local food systems. The Road Map offers a vision for West Virginia’s local food economy and provides ways of measuring how statewide and local policies, programs, and community efforts are contributing to the strength of that food economy.
The Road Map outlines 4 critical goals:
Goal 1: Youth and new farmers participate in the agricultural economy.
Goal 2: Institutions and schools buy local healthy foods.
Goal 3: The public consumes healthy local food at a household level.
Goal 4: Local farmers and local food businesses increase their income and are profitable.
The purpose of this RFP is to support projects and businesses that address goals 2, 3, and 4 by increasing the aggregation and distribution of locally grown, healthy food.
Funding is available for any local food aggregator in West Virginia. This includes nonprofits, for profits, cooperatives, and start up aggregation projects. Projects are encouraged to read the report from the Food Hub Track at the 2015 Small Farm Conference to learn more about the potential for Food Hubs in West Virginia.
Up to $3,500 is available and can be used for a variety of projects, but must enhance the efforts and sustainability of aggregating local food. Specifically, funding can be used for startup aggregation/food hub projects or existing aggregators/food hubs for business coaching, addition of staff, equipment, marketing, or other tactics to become more sustainable and implement business and/or logistics plan
If awarded funding, grantees must:
What WV Food and Farm Coalition’s Aggregation & Distribution Working Group and partner service providers will provide to grantees:
Applications should have the following format. Please email completed grant applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading “Hub Mini-Grant Application.”
Cover Page (Maximum 1 page)
Project Overview (Maximum of 2 pages, double spaced)
Milestones and Outcomes (Maximum of 1 page, double spaced)
Budget and Justification (Maximum of 1 page)
Letters of Support (Maximum of 3 pages)
Proposed Timeline (Maximum of 1 pages)
The entire application should be double-spaced. All documents should use 12-point font (Arial or Times New Roman). All pages should have 1-inch margins. No handwritten proposals accepted.