Access to Local Foods Grants

Arkansas Community Foundation provides grants to Arkansas-based organizations for projects that will increase Arkansans’ access to locally grown and produced foods and/or strengthen the local food ecosystem, including:

  • Programs that help Arkansas-based small farmers and food producers connect to markets, build operational capacity (for example, through training, certification, support for back-office financial management) or expand production.
  • Programs that pilot innovative strategies to connect Arkansans to more locally grown produce, either at market rate (for example, online farmers markets) or through emergency food distribution for those experiencing food insecurity.

Access to Local Foods Grantees in 2021

  • Communities Unlimited, Inc.
  • Gods House A Safe Place To Come Home To Outreach Ministries
  • Jes LeRe Hama Corp
  • Zenenvirotech, Inc.
  • Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light
  • St. Francis House NWA, Inc. dba Community Clinic
  • La Lucha Space
  • Dunbar Community Garden
  • Cobblestone Farms
  • St. Joseph Center of Arkansas
  • Hatchlings Chicken Ranch

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Eligibility

501c3 public charities (and organizations that are treated as such under IRS regulation, including schools, churches, hospitals, and government entities) are eligible to apply. Applicants must be based in Arkansas or have a significant on-the-ground presence working in Arkansas. 

Grant Funding Range

In 2021 grants ranged from $10,000 to $15,000.

What We’re Looking For

  • Programs that address barriers to local food production or support small growers
  • Proposals that show evidence of partnership and/or how your program connects to a broader ecosystem of local food production and access
  • Project personnel (staff or key volunteers) who have experience with food production, farming, food business marketing or emergency food distribution

What We’re NOT Looking For

Each request is considered on its own merit. However, the following types of requests will not be considered:

    • Community gardening programs that are primarily focused on teaching gardening skills or offering a place for neighbors to garden for their own personal use. While these programs are important, this grant opportunity is more focused on increasing wider community access to locally grown food, either through bringing more food to market or significant distribution to people experiencing food insecurity.
    • PK-12 school gardens that are primarily for educational purposes rather than significant food production.