Sustainable Community Innovation Grants Awarded for FY2012
GRIFFIN, Georgia– From programs that are addressing childhood obesity to innovative methods of advancing Farm to School programs, the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to link sustainable agriculture practices to community development for FY2012.
The Sustainable Community Innovation Grants are jointly administered by Southern SARE and the Southern Rural Development Center. Any activities that will increase knowledge, build capacity, and make connections between farms and rural communities to the benefit of people who live in those communities are eligible for the grant. Project maximums are $10,000 for up to two years of activities.
The projects awarded for the 2012 grant cycle include:
CS12-087 Fighting Obesity in Schools by Changing Eating Habits of Students, Ashley Ridge High School, South Carolina, $10,000, Bobby Behr at firstname.lastname@example.org
CS12-088 Community Farm & Food Project Phase II – Initiation, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, North Carolina, $9,996, Carl Silverstein at email@example.com
CS12-089 Next Steps: Creating a Sustainable Farm to School Program, Fayetteville Public Schools, Arkansas, $10,000, Dana Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
CS12-090 The Montgomery County Farm to Community Planning Project, Friends of the Farmers Market, Virginia, $9,997, Ellen Stewart at email@example.com
CS12-091 Refugee Farm Worker Training Program, Local Food Hub, Virginia, $10,000, Adrianna Vargo at Adrianna@localfoodhub.org
Sustainable Community Innovation Grants are one of seven grant opportunities Southern SARE offers to enhance sustainable agriculture outreach and education throughout the Southern region. Calls for Proposals are released August of each year and award notifications are made in December. For more information about Southern SARE, visit http://www.southernsare.org.
Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region.