Funds Available for Composting and Food Waste Reduction

United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovation (OUAIP) is accepting applications for the Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) cooperative agreement pilot program. Award amounts range from $75,000 to $400,000 with applications due on September 4, 2024.

What is the purpose of CFWR?

The goals and objectives are to further this program’s food waste objectives including reducing municipal food and waste and diverting residential and commercial food waste from landfills. Additionally, the goal is to achieve CFWR’s composting and conservation objectives including generating compost; increasing agricultural producers’ access to compost; reducing reliance on, and limit the use of, chemical fertilizer; improving soil quality; encouraging waste management and permaculture business development; and increasing rainwater utilization.

Who is eligible to apply? Eligible applicants include: 

  • City or township governments (or other municipal governments)
  • County governments
  • School districts (including independent school districts)
  • State-designated Indian Tribes
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Special district governments (e.g. soil and water conservation districts, regional planning districts, landfill districts, etc.)

What are the priorities for this program? Priority will be given for each of the following elements that are included in the project: 

  • Align project proposals to address priorities on environmental justice, racial equity, climate change, investment in underserved communities, and sustainable agricultural practices. For example, keeping food waste out of landfills can contribute to climate change mitigation by reducing landfill methane emissions;
  • Integrate food waste reduction strategies that take into consideration the most-preferred food waste recovery activities as described in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wasted Food Scale.
  • Anticipate or demonstrate economic benefits for the impacted community,
  • Incorporate plans to make compost easily accessible to agricultural producers, including community gardeners, school gardens, and producers.
  • Include a robust plan that describes collaboration with multiple partners.
  • Provide a detailed plan for project monitoring, evaluation and documentation of insights and solutions to obstacles encountered during the course of the project.

OUAIP encourages proposals from entities that represent, are partnered with, or are composed entirely of producers that belong to marginalized groups.

What are the funding levels for CFWR?

OUAIP has a total $7.8 million funding available for this program with individual awards ranging from $75,000 to $400,000.

Applicants are required to match 25 percent of the total federal share.

What is the timeline for this grant opportunity?

Applications are due on September 4, 2024 by 11:59 PM ET.

Projects must be 2 years in duration with an estimated project start date of January 31, 2025.

The full Notice of Funding Opportunity is available here.

For more information on this grant or how to apply with Morrison’s assistance, please contact the Morrison Grants Team by email at grants@morrisonco.net or call us at 530-893-4764.

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