COMING SOON

Thank you for your interest in The Seeds of Change Grant Program.
The program officially begins on Monday, Mar 02, 2016, so please check back soon to enter.
We look forward to receiving your submission and the opportunity to help your garden grow.

COMMUNITY GARDEN

Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market

BY: Jessica C

Pittsfield, MA

HOW WOULD YOU USE THIS GRANT TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY?

As we head into our fourth season, this grant would allow us to expand programming and staffing that make a real impact on our community. Our market was started with the belief that everyone in our community should have access to healthy food. With 50% of our city residents low-income, we located the market in a neighborhood with even lower, rates; where over 80% of elementary school students qualify for free lunch; and where there are no grocery stores in walking distance. Our market crew is hired through a local youth anti-gang initiative. The teens gain valuable workplace experience and have a positive, paid activity each Saturday. Our Double Value Program is a money-matching program for low-income residents using SNAP, WIC and Senior FMNP benefits. For example, every dollar in benefits a mother spends, she receives an equal amount in coupons -- doubling her purchasing power. In just 13 weeks, the program put over $20,000 worth of fresh food on the tables of families in need.

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New this Year!

A $5,000-VALUE "Garden Ambassador Award"

If you submit the application for one of the four projects selected for a $20,000 grant, you'll get a special "Submitter's Reward" worth $5,000*! This reward will consist of:

  • An all-expense-paid trip to the Good Food Conference in Chicago, including expenses.
  • A mentorship with a gardening expert.

It's our way of thanking you for taking an active role in supporting sustainable gardening and helping your community or school.

*Full legal terms here.