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USDA Compost and Food Waste Reduction Pilot Projects $9.5M Available

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2023 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of up to $9.5 million for Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) pilot projects for fiscal year 2023. The cooperative agreements support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. They are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture.   USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP) – led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service – will accept applications on until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 15, 2023. Projects should span two years with a start date of Dec. 1, 2023, and completion date of Dec. 1, 2025.  “These cooperative agreements support communities in their efforts to reduce and divert food waste from landfills,” NRCS Chief Terry Cosby said. “These projects will empower communities to reduce waste and support agricultural producers through increased access to compost to improve soil health on their operations.”   Cooperative agreements support projects led by local governments or other eligible entities that: 

  • Generate compost; 

  • Increase access to compost for agricultural producers; 

  • Reduce reliance on and limit the use of fertilizer; 

  • Improve soil quality; 

  • Encourage waste management and permaculture business development; 

  • Increase rainwater absorption; 

  • Reduce municipal food waste; and 

  • Divert food waste from landfills. 

OUAIP will prioritize projects that anticipate or demonstrate economic benefits, incorporate plans to make compost easily accessible to farmers, including community gardeners, integrate other food waste strategies, including food recovery efforts and collaborate with multiple partners. Additional details are available in the notice.

Grant Management Associates has years of experience in helping applicants apply for opportunities like this one. Contact us today for a consultation.

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