The Washington Regional Food Funders and friends invite you to join us for an upcoming convening, Funding Greater Washington’s Regional Food System.
This day long meeting is a chance for a range of stakeholders, including funders of all kinds to learn about U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and funding opportunities available through the 2014 Farm Bill. Some grantees in Greater Washington have been successful in securing some of the millions of federal dollars available to fund food systems improvements in the past.
Our goal is to bring more dollars to Greater Washington to fund improved access to healthy, fresh, affordable, local food, especially for low income residents. Funders have an important role to play in assisting prospective grantees with needed matching support for some of the competitive grants available through the USDA.
Please note that the day will also include a special breakout lunch for Virginia funders on the results of a statewide farmers market assessment led by The Farmers Co, Wholesome Wave, and other regional local food strategic partners from the Commonwealth. We welcome you at this meeting to share your feedback on next steps for improving access for fresh, healthy, local food at Virginia’s farmers markets for low-income residents.
Please contact the coordinator of Washington Regional Food Funders, Lindsay Smith, at smith(at)washingtongrantmakers.org for more information.
Eligibility and registration information:
Public and private funders interested in improving health and wellness through increased access to healthy, local foods. Representatives from Greater Washington nonprofits, food hubs, institutions, local governments, etc., working with low-income and socially disadvantaged communities to improve healthy food access, and/or to increase the supply of local food in our region through work with farmers and producers. Because space is limited, prospective grant-seeking organizations are encouraged to send one representative who has, or will have, involvement with the USDA grant or loan application process. Food policy council or coalition representatives are also welcome.
Registration closes on Tuesday, October 14. No on-site registration will be available.