The Transformative Urban Agriculture Award will see $70,000 towards design, engineering and implementation costs of one (1) innovative, high-impact built-form urban agriculture project in an urban or town setting that will:
- Accelerate existing and emerging models of community-based agriculture practices in either indoor or outdoor urban settings in Guelph-Wellington;
- Have measurable shared community benefits embedded in their goals;
- Use urban agriculture to collaborate with local not-for-profit organizations to improve local food access;
- Support increasing local urban agriculture infrastructure capacity by embedding emerging technologies or knowledge sharing;
- Take urban and community farming approaches from concept to built-form projects that the Guelph-Wellington community can see, touch and learn from and are ideally replicable;
- Proposed projects may include - but are not limited to:
- urban farms, including rooftop farms and community gardens (see note 1 regarding community gardens on municipal land)
- 3 and 4 season greenhouses
- indoor and/or outdoor vertical production e.g. green walls, high-density vertical technology farms, and other controlled environment agriculture projects
- hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic farm facilities
- and other innovations in agricultural production
- This stream is open to both for-profit and non-profit businesses. All projects must specify significant and measurable community benefits and/or identify a community not-for-profit partner in the application.
- Matching contributions. A 100% matching cash contribution is required for project proposals submitted by for-profit businesses. Matching funds are NOT required for non-profit organizations. Consideration will be given to all projects that are highly supported by partners, in-kind contributions, and/or can scale the impact of the grant through both in-kind and financial contributions.
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