NieghborFood Mini Grant Application Information

Summit Food Coalition's NeighborFood Mini Grant Applications are now available.  

The deadline for applying is March 19th.

Guidelines and Requirements:
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Apply online here (preferred) or download the application here.

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 awarded.
2.     Demonstrate that your gardens are for personal and neighborhood use only.
3.     Provide documentation of participation in a community garden leadership training program, or provide evidence of at least 3 years of experience with community gardens.
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.     Show proof of a recent soil test.
6.     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,
7.     Apply online or send completed applications to:
          Summit Food Coalition
          c/o Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
         350 Opportunity Parkway
         Akron, OH 44307

8.     Deadline for applications is March 19, 2018. Recipients will be notified of funding status by March 30, 2018.

If you receive a grant, you 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 no later than September 15, 2018.  Future funding opportunities will                 depend upon report submission.
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!