Get Farming Mini Grants

Calling Kansas City’s urban farmers! Cultivate KC’s 2023 Get Farming Mini Grant application is now open. Applications were due on Thursday, November 30, 2023. Applicants will be notified on December 18th.

Mini Grant Applications are CLOSED 

Mini Grant Info Session 

We hosted a Get Farming Mini Grant info session on Thursday, October 26, but don’t worry if you missed it. You can view the recording HERE.

Purpose

The purpose of the mini grants is to help existing farms expand their capacity to produce food within the Kansas City metropolitan area.   

Eligible counties include 

Missouri: 

  • Clay County 
  • Cass County 
  • Jackson County 
  • Platte County 

Kansas:  

  • Leavenworth County  
  • Johnson County 
  • Miami County 
  • Wyandotte County 

Priority will be given to growers in areas with low-income and limited access to fresh food and to growers who are Black, Indigenous, New Americans, or People of Color.  

Grants are available to: 

  • Farmers selling produce with at least one year of documented sales 
  • 501(c)3 organizations or a project that has fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)3 
  • Entrepreneurs looking to increase services for urban farmers 

Application Timeline

Applications Open 
October 18, 2023 

Deadline for Application 
November 30, 2023 

Applicants notified of acceptance 
December 18, 2023 

Contract processing 
January 5, 2024 

Checks issued (target date) 
End of January 2024  

Grant details

The maximum grant size is $3,500, with awards ranging between $500 and $3,500, depending on the project.  

Funds may be requested for:

  • Expansion costs: equipment that will allow you to increase production, one-time costs associated with bringing new land into production, or adding a new production system. 
  • Infrastructure: Constructing a packing shed, building a greenhouse, installing a permanent irrigation system, cold storage, etc. For grant requests for structures such as small greenhouses to be considered, the grower must show that the structure will comply with applicable building codes. 
  • Projects that will increase farmer services such as: community greenhouses, equipment rentals, and farmer co-ops will also be eligible. 
  • We may suggest a modification of your project budget based on reviewer feedback. Projects that include funding from other sources are welcome. 

Grant restrictions:

  • Funds may be used only for farms that raise food (vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat, or other edible farm products). 
  • Funds will not be awarded to farmers who have received a Get Farming Mini Grant in the past two years. If you received an award prior to that, you are eligible to apply again. 
  • Funds are available for projects not eligible for other urban agriculture grants or cost-share programs. If you are unsure of your best option, please contact Ami at ami@cultivatekc.org to help you determine the best source of funding for your project. 

Read about last year’s awarded projects 

Review process

Applications will be reviewed and awarded by a five-member peer review committee that may include growers (farmer, community, or home gardener), Extension agents, organizers in grassroots communities, funders, and one Cultivate KC staff member. 

We encourage working with the Cultivate KC team before submitting your proposal. Their role in the grant making process is to help you develop the best possible project and application, and then to let the review committee objectively evaluate. 

Please keep in mind that if a grant review committee member has worked with you on your proposal or project, they will recuse themselves from discussion of your application. Please email Ami Freeberg or call 913-713-9264 for support.  

If a grant is awarded, you will need to: 

  1. Immediately upon notification of award, sign a grant agreement stating that you will use the grant funds as presented in the budget. Funds must be spent within 12 months of the grant agreement signing. 
  2. Between 4 and 6 months of the grant being awarded, meet with a member of Cultivate KC at your farm/project. We encourage you to reach out to the Metro Farms and Food Systems Program Manager for additional technical assistance and support during your implementation of the funded project. 
  3. Submit a final report and pictures of the results of the grants. The final report is due within 14 months of the grant agreement signing. The final report will consist of a short narrative or video describing the impact of your project, as well as photo documentation of the completed project.