Mini Grants contact:
Mark Gawron
Metro Farms and Food Systems

Get Farming Mini Grants

Are you a farmer in the Kansas City Metro area who is currently growing for sale, and looking to increase your capacity for production and/or distribution? Are you a business that exists to help growers become more productive?  Cultivate Kansas City, in collaboration with the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, are making funds available to support these activities to KC metro growers.

Purpose of the mini-grants

The purpose of the mini grants is to help existing farms expand their capacity to produce food for residents of Kansas City, MO; Jackson County, MO, Cass County, MO; Lafayette County, MO; and Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas, particularly residents with limited access to fresh, locally grown food.

Grants are available to:

  • Farmers selling produce
  • 501c3 organizations or a project that has fiscal sponsorship of a 501c3
  • Entrepreneurs looking to increase farmer services within a community
  • Food distribution projects

In order for an urban farmer to be eligible, they must have:

  • A state Retail Sales Tax License
  • At least one full production season of documented sales of their farm products
    This can be proven through submitting a copy of the previous year’s signed and submitted Federal Schedule F or a year’s worth of Kansas Retailer’s Sales Tax Return ST-26 forms and/or Missouri Sales Tax Return, Form 53

If a farmer has been selling, but does not have one or either of these, please email He will talk to you about what records you may have available to document your previous sales.

If you do not currently have sponsorship of a 501(c)3, please call Mark at 913-713-9264 or email, and we may be able to work with you to find a sponsor. 

Application Timeline

Deadline for application
5 p.m. on December 14, 2018 via email

Decision and grant checks awarded
February 22, 2019

Contracts signing
February 25 through March 8, 2019

Checks issued (target date)
March 15, 2019

Grant application process

Download and complete the application form. Save the form with your farm name or business name in the file name. Return the completed application and copies of the required documents via email to by 5 p.m. on December 14




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300 E. 39th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone (913) 831-2444 Copyright © 2019