Statewide — Indiana Grown has announced a grant program with funds dedicated to the development of food councils in Indiana. A food council is a community-based coalition created to build a stronger food system. Much of the work done by these regional organizations aligns with Indiana Grown’s mission and benefits farmers and producers statewide.
COVID-19 has resulted in the cancellation of many annual Indiana Grown events and subsequent redistribution of the program’s funds allowing Indiana Grown to allocate $100,000 to select applicants, with a maximum award of $25,000 per grantee.
Grant submissions should demonstrate how the proposed project aligns with the three major goals of Indiana Grown:
1. Helping Indiana farmers and producers have a greater market for their products.
2. Supporting Indiana processors in their effort to process more Indiana Grown products.
3. Educating consumers on the importance of buying Indiana Grown products.
Any established food council in Indiana is eligible to apply. New groups or organizations formed after Jan. 1, 2021 are not eligible. Food councils are defined as networks that represent multiple stakeholders and that are either sanctioned by a government body or exist independently of government, and address food-related issues and needs within a city, county, state, tribal, multi-county or other designated region.
The application deadline is Feb. 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Click here to begin the grant application process. Additional information, including project timelines and required documents, can be found here.