Food Access, Resiliency, and Equity Grant Program

The Food Access, Resiliency and Equity Grant Program (FARE) is a Linn County American Rescue Plan Act funded project administered by the Linn County Food Systems Council in order to replace lost public sector revenue in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Linn County Board of Supervisors allocated $250,000 to support local food initiatives to increase food security. The funding will be awarded through multiple grant cycles.

FARE Grants will provide simple and strategic access to funding for individuals and organizations working in food access, sustainability, and capacity building, with the goal of:

  • Increasing access to local and healthy foods, 
  • Promoting equity within our food system,
  • Building capacity to handle future food related challenges 
  • Enhancing environmental quality and the natural resources,
  • Growing  the economic viability of Linn County’s food system operations; and
  • Improving the quality of life for Linn County residents and society as a whole.

Funding Range

Applicants can request $1,000 - $25,000. Smaller amounts than requested may be awarded.

Application Clinic

An application clinic hosted by the FARE Grant Program Coordinator will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, 2023 for those interested in learning about the FARE Grant process, who need translation services, or have questions about their application. The workshop is being held virtually via Google Meet. Pre-registration is required by 5 p.m. on Aug. 2 for the application clinic.

Register for the application clinic

Round 2 (Fall 2023) Timeline

DateProcess Step
July 14, 2023Application opens
August 4, 2023Application clinic with Program Coordinator at 6 p.m. via Google Meet
September 1, 2023Application deadline (must be submitted online by 5 p.m.)
October 2, 2023Grant funding awards announced and projects may begin
April 14, 2024Preliminary project updates with Program Coordinator
October 16, 2024Final project reports due and all funds must be spent


Eligibility

FARE grants will support food related businesses and nonprofit organizations in Linn County that:

  • Continue to play a key role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Promote public health and wellness; and
  • Address systemic food related challenges. 

Eligible entities include, but are not limited to farmers, processors, packagers, distributors, grocers, educators, administrators., social service agencies, nonprofits, food pantries, restaurants, food entrepreneurs, and food innovators. Not sure if you're eligible? Contact our Program Coordinator for a free consultation! 

Eligible Costs

Projects could include but are not limited to:

  • A refrigerator truck for a food pantry 
  • A high tunnel hoop house for a farm
  • Reestablishing a brick and mortar restaurant  
  • Growing a value added processing business 
  • Food-focused educational programs

Ineligible Costs

  • Personal use only gardens
  • Purchase of alcohol, drugs or tobacco
  • Bulk food purchases 
  • Other costs may be found ineligible due to American Rescue Plan Act guidelines.

Access, Equity, and Resiliency

Access: the opportunity or ability to use or obtain something; for example suitable and affordable farmland to healthy options at your local store.

Equity: the quality of being fair and reasonable. Equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances.

Resiliency: the ability of a system, organization or person to prepare for, respond to, or recover from a crisis, disruption, or change such as a derecho or pandemic.

Application Information

The FARE Grant application is only available online. If you are unable to complete the application online, please contact FARE Grant Program Coordinator Sarah by email to set up a time to complete the application via written, video, audio, or phone interview. Applications must be completed by 5 p.m. CST on September 1, 2023.

Before you start your application, consider downloading the application questions in your preferred format to prepare your answers for the online application form. The application can be downloaded using the file dropdown in the link below.

Download the application questions.

1. Start Your Application

To start an online application, create an account with an email address in our online grant portal.

Start an application.

Eligible applicants may submit more than one project application. Each project will need its own application completed.

2. Resume Your Application

Access a saved or submitted application.

3. Review Your Application

After submitting an application, you will receive an email confirming your submission. If you notice errors in your application, please contact FARE Grant Program Coordinator Sarah by email

4. Check Your Email

You will receive updates on your application on the email that you provide. Grant reviewers may also contact your email to request more information to assist with their review.

Round 1 Grantee Eligibility for Round 2 Funding

If you were awarded funding in the Round 1 (Winter) grant cycle, you are eligible to re-apply, provided:

  • You apply for the difference between your initial Round 1 award and $25,000 (For example: In Round 1, you were awarded $15,000; the maximum amount you can apply for in Round 2 is $10,000).  
    • $25,000 (Maximum grant ask) - $15,000 (Previous FARE Grant Award) = $10,000 (Eligible funding ask for Round 2)
  • You provide a detailed update on the progress of the grant you received in Round 1

Application Evaluation

Applicants will be scored using a matrix based upon the following criteria:

  • Primary focus on reaching and serving historically under-resourced  populations while considering equity, diversity and inclusion. 
  • Increase access to fresh, healthy, local and sustainably sourced food taking into consideration logistics and infrastructure to overcome supply chain disruptions while serving historically under-resourced Linn County communities.
  • Promote public health and the well-being of the environment in Linn County while addressing lost revenue from the Covid-19 pandemic and sustainability of the project after funds from this project are spent. 

Contact

If you have questions, need assistance with the application, or need translation or interpretation services, please contact FARE Grant Program Coordinator Sarah by email.