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USDA Awards $4.6 Million in Grants for Community Food Projects

  • Subject: [cg] USDA Awards $4.6 Million in Grants for Community Food Projects
  • From: "Betsy Johnson" betsyjohnson@speakeasy.net
  • Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 14:51:32 -0400

Thanks to this awards ACGA will be creating a national database of community
gardens, a web-based youth garden "wizard" program, and supporting Garden
Mosaics (www.gardenmosaics.org <http://www.gardenmosaics.org/> )

Congratulations to the other grantees.  A good number of the projects
include a community gardening component.

To view this article online, visit:
.usda.gov/newsroom/news/2006news/community_food_projects.html> .

USDA Awards $4.6 Million in Grants for Community Food Projects

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2006 - Deputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner
announced today that 32 grants totaling $4.6 million have been awarded to
community organizations to help low-income Americans to eat healthfully.

"These grants give more Americans access to nutritious foods," Conner said.
"They are innovative programs that increase self-reliance of communities by
giving them the opportunity to create partnerships and programs to meet
their own food, farm and nutrition needs."

Community Food Projects (CFP) awards will aid non-profit organizations in 19
states and one territory to carry out projects to help low-income

This year, for the first time, small grants of up to $25,000 were awarded
for planning projects to help communities assess local needs and build
collaborations that will lead to community food security projects. The
grants are administered through USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education
and Extension Service (CSREES).

The CFP grants, first administered in 1996, help eligible private, nonprofit
entities that need a one-time infusion of funds to carry out community food
projects. Projects are funded for one to three years in amounts ranging from
$10,000 to $300,000. The grants require a dollar-for-dollar match in
resources. The matching amounts come from a variety of sources including the
grantees, partnering collaborators or local agencies. Funds have been
authorized through 2007 at $5 million per year.

The fiscal year 2006 grant awards are:

*	Jones Valley Urban Farm, Birmingham, Ala., $145,000.
*	Girls 2000, San Francisco, Calif., $280,000.
*	Whittier Area First Day Coalition, Whittier, Calif., $25,000.
*	Thai Community Development Center, Los Angeles, Calif., $20,000.
*	Middle Way House, Bloomington, Ind., $280,000.
*	Mid North Food Pantry, Indianapolis, Ind., $6,560.
*	New Orleans Food and Farm Network, New Orleans, La., $265,000.
*	Red Wiggler Farm, Clarksburg, Md., $11,010.
*	United Teen Equity Center, Lowell, Mass., $290,000.
*	Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville, Mass., $25,000.
*	Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence, Mass., $24,435
*	Warren/Conner Development Coalition, Detroit, Mich., $299,884.
*	Allen Neighborhood Center, Lansing, Mich., $240,000.
*	West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Grand Rapids, Mich.,
*	Youth Farm and Market Project, Minneapolis, Minn., $25,000.
*	Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, Mo., $73,898.
*	Open Harvest Natural Foods Cooperative, Lincoln, Neb., $275,982.
*	Taos County Economic Development Corporation, Taos, N.M., $280,900.
*	Farm to Table, Santa Fe, N.M., $199,924.
*	City Harvest, New York, N.Y., $288,793
*	Lower East Side Girls Club of New York, New York, N.Y., $270,000.
*	Broadway Market Management Corporation, Buffalo, N.Y., $25,000.
*	Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, Kinston, N.C., $90,735.
*	American Community Gardening Association, Columbus, Ohio, $150,000.
*	Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Athens, Ohio, $94,000.
*	Toledo Area Ministries, Toledo, Ohio, $25,000.
*	Legacy Cultural Learning Center, Muskogee, Okla., $13,895.
*	Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Fredericksburg,
Texas, $124,000.
*	Lynchburg Grows, Lynchburg, Va., $299,912.
*	Garden-Raised Bounty, Olympia, Wash., $269,972.
*	Cascade Land Conservancy, Seattle, Wash., $25,000.
*	Growing Power, Milwaukee, Wis., $132,000.

CSREES advances knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and
well-being, and communities by supporting research, education, and extension
programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner
organizations. For more information, visit http://www.csrees.usda.gov


Media Contact:

Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188

This article is a service of the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education,
and Extension Service. News on other topics can be found on the CSREES
newsroom at http://www.csrees.usda.gov/newsroom/news/news.html
.usda.gov/newsroom/news/news.html> .


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