On Friday, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced funding for the Urban Agriculture Matching Grant Program.
The Department will award grants of up to $20,000 for reimbursement of expenses associated with urban agriculture.
Eligible projects include urban agricultural projects, which may include introducing a new crop or product to an area, expanding the use of an agricultural product, or adding value to agricultural products. Projects that demonstrate an economic benefit and potential for sustainable revenue generation and job creation will be given priority.
Examples of projects include developing small agribusinesses, implement production infrastructure, creating direct distribution venues, developing agricultural workforce or providing training and development skills for agricultural business sustainability.
Projects must reside within one of the following urbanized areas, as designated by the Missouri Census Data Center: Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Springfield, St. Joseph and St. Louis areas.
Applications must be received by Sept. 15, 2022. The anticipated award date is Oct. 2022, and projects must be completed by May 1, 2023.
For a grant application or more information about the Urban Agriculture Matching Grant or other grant opportunities available through the Missouri Department of Agriculture, visit the Department online at Agriculture.Mo.Gov.