Hill-Evans announces first-ever Urban Agriculture grants

HARRISBURG, July 30 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that the state’s first Urban Agriculture Grant Fund has been enacted through Philadelphia state Sen. Sharif Street’s Urban Ag legislation, contained in Act 40 of 2019.

“I want our urban farmers to know about this great opportunity and to apply as soon as the program opens to see if they qualify,” Hill-Evans said. “This is a chance to for our urban farmers to provide access to locally sourced, fresh foods for the community. It can turn blight into community gardens and help to combat food insecurity that takes place in many of our local neighborhoods. The more access to nutritious food we have, the better chance we have of fighting hunger.”

The Grant program opens Aug. 1, 2019, and closes Sept. 15, 2019, and is the first comprehensive farm bill package to invest in agriculture across the Commonwealth, including the first-ever Urban Agriculture Grant Fund. It includes, “Microgrants for one-time projects or a single entity applicant and Collaboration grants.”

The new fund will offer reimbursement grants for projects that focus on developing urban farms and market opportunities. Grants will be awarded to improve agriculture infrastructure in urban areas, the aggregation of product, sharing of resources, and support for community development efforts.

For more information, residents can call Hill-Evans district office at 717-848-9595.