NeighborFood Mini Grant Information

2017 NeighborFood Mini Grant Applications are now available!  See below for details and instructions. The deadline to apply is April 10. 

Please be sure to read the Guidelines and Requirements below or download this printer friendly version.  Online applications are at this link, or you may download a printer-friendly version here.  Additional forms you will need to submit with your application are the soil test instructions and order form, as well as the site assessment toolkit.  Those items can be uploaded if you use the online application.  Application deadline is April 10.

Summit Food Coalition’s NeighborFood Mini Grant Guidelines and Requirements

Before your application will be considered, you will need to:
1.     Show that your garden is easily accessible to the neighborhood. We need a physical address; a site evaluation will be made before grants are given out.
2.     Demonstrate that your gardens are for personal and neighborhood use only.
3.     Provide documentation of participation in a community garden leadership training program.
4.     Show it is a COMMUNITY garden. Relatives are encouraged to garden together. However, at least three different households need to be represented in the garden.|
5.     Participate in community garden leadership training.  There are locally available opportunities, if you have not already participated in one.
6.     Show proof of a recent soil test and a completed site assessment checklist. Instructions for the soil test and a site assessment checklist are included here.  Assistance is available upon request.
7.     Obtain all needed permits and licenses from the city. All gardens using city-owned land must have a signed license agreement (which requires a $50 fee, an eligible grant expense) and a permit for water before funds are released. Those using private property and needing city water must show proof they are permitted to use the land AND have a city water permit before release of funds.  Permit applications can be obtained from the City of Akron Service Dept., 166 S. High St., Akron, OH 44308. Contact Kurt Mulhauser at the city Planning Department, 330-375-2090,

If you receive a grant, you will need to:
1.     Start gardening within 30 days of receiving funds; if you do not, you will need to return the money to Summit Food Coalition.
2.     Submit photos and an end of season progress report, outlining highlights and challenges faced during the season.
3.     Be available to meet with Summit Food Coalition’s NeighborFood Mini Grant designees for garden visitations.
4.     Let us know if you need any help. Mentors are available.
5.     Have fun! 

Apply online or mail completed applications to:
Summit Food Coalition
Attn: NeighborFood Mini Grants
2179 Everett Road
Peninsula, OH 44264

Deadline for applications is April 10, 2017
Recipients will be notified of status by April 24