Microgrant Program

Local Food Microgrant Program

Urban Food Connections of Utah is pleased to offer a limited number of microgrant opportunities for existing commercial farming establishments dedicated primarily to the production of fruits and vegetables using ecologically sustainable agricultural methods. The intent of the Local Food Microgrant Program is to increase the amount and diversity of ecologically sustainable agriculture produced for the Salt Lake City market by assisting local small farmers to access technology, education, tools and equipment to support more sustainably grown local produce.

Over the first two year term of this grant, $45,000 was distributed. The Local Food Microgrant Program is made available through SLC Green: Salt Lake City's Sustainability Department. SLC Green has provided an additional $30,000 for a grant cycle in 2019. Minimum grant request is $500. Maximum grant request is $5,000.

Who may apply for the grant?

UFCU will accept applications from farmers that sell or distribute sustainably grown produce direct to consumers through Salt Lake City farmers markets, grocery stores, and community supported agriculture operations that have drop-off sites within Salt Lake City limits. Microgrant funding is available to farms that are based in any of the following counties: Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Wasatch, Utah, Summit, and Cache.

Projects that qualify for funding:

Potential projects may include:

  • Installation of sustainable farming techniques such as waterwise irrigation systems, increased produce storage capabilities, solar panels, etc…
  • Building hoop houses or greenhouses to extend the growing season
  • Purchase of organic seed
  • Continuing education for farmers
  • Sponsorship for labor costs in the form of a summer farm apprenticeship

Apply for the Cycle 4 Local Food Microgrant