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Aetna Foundation: Local Roots Grant Program

Deadline: May 6, 2015

The Aetna Foundation’s Local Roots grant program will fund the creation and expansion of community gardens, urban farms, and farmers markets in underserved, low-income, and minority communities. The Foundation’s goal is to make fresh fruits and vegetables locally available, accessible, and affordable. Beyond the garden, farm, or farmers market itself, projects must also include one or more of the following:

  • Nutrition education or cooking classes focused on the health benefits of fresh produce
  • Growth or distribution of produce that reflects the food traditions of the target area
  • Opportunities to learn job skills or entrepreneurship within the context of gardens, farms or farmers markets
  • Opportunities for community service or volunteer work with the project

The Foundation is specifically looking for:

  • Innovative projects that use community gardens, urban farms and farmers markets as a catalyst to improve overall health and well-being
  • The experience, reputation and track record of key staff and collaborators
  • A thoughtful evaluation plan with meaningful, measurable impact on people you plan to serve
  • A detailed budget, including a broad funding base and evidence that you can secure other resources needed for the project
  • Thoughtful approaches to engaging community members in the project through community service, volunteerism or employment opportunities

Amount: $1,000,000 is available for grants ranging from $25,000-$50,000 over a two year period.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status.

Link: http://www.aetna-foundation.org/foundation/apply-for-a-grant/regional-grants/index.html

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