State offers grants for locally grown food efforts

The state is offering an additional $2.2 million in small grants this year for individuals and groups around Alaska to increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food.

The grants of up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations can go toward greenhouses and small-scale gardening projects, efforts to promote and provide subsistence foods and even livestock.

The Alaska Division of Agriculture is distributing the federal money through its Micro-Grants for Food Security Program.

Priority for the competitive grants will be given to rural Alaska communities “that have significant levels of food insecurity,” including cities and villages that experience food shortages or supply issues, or have a higher percentage of lower-income households.

The grant application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 15. Applications must be submitted online. More information is available on the Alaska Department of Natural Resources website under the “NEWS” tab on the top right.

Or for more information, email and include “2024 MGFSP” in the subject line.


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