Chicago’s Community Growers Program:

11.8.2023 IMPORTANT UPDATE- https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/bacp-recovery-plan/home/urbanagriculturelandaccess.html

The application is now open for Urban Agriculture Land Access. Eligible applicants may apply at this link.  Those interested in learning more about this opportunity can watch this video shared by the Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Please note this is a SEPARATE application than the Community Growers Program.

This Urban Ag Land Access RFP Application closes on November 30th, 2023 11:59 PM CT 

This program is funded by the City of Chicago under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The Community Growers Program is closed to new applications, but continue to this link to express interest in future program rounds. A second round of applications will kick off in 2024. Check back for details on this website.

The Community Grower’s Program is excited to announce its first round of Awardees! See press release here.

If you would like to preview the potential questions of future applications please refer to this document. Please note, this document is only for you to preview.

For background and information about applying for this program, please watch info videos and slide shows below. (Slide Show in Spanish available below, also.)

or watch a more detailed session on the grant and its requirements here.

Urban Agriculture Land Access Application Info Session

For background on this project, please visit- https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/bacp-recovery-plan/home/community-growers-food-equity.html

If interested in applying for the second round of the Community Growers Program, check back on this website in the New Year (2024!)

This project is specifically for growers in communities that have traditionally experienced barriers and have had disinvestment. The Community Growers Project is specifically intended for projects that:

  1. have experienced growers as leads,
  2. prioritizes growing edibles, and
  3. is based in and for community members on the South, Southwest, and West Sides of Chicago.

Specifically, the neighborhoods include:

Albany Park, Lower West Side, Archer Heights, McKinley Park, Avalon Park, Montclare, Belmont Cragin, Morgan Park, Bridgeport, North Park, Brighton Park, O’Hare, Calumet Heights, Pullman, Clearing, Rogers Park, East Side, Roseland, Edgewater, Uptown, Gage Park, Washington Heights, Hegewisch, West Elsdon, Hermosa, West Lawn, Hyde Park, West Pullman, Kenwood, and West Ridge

Armour Square, New City, Auburn Gresham, North Lawndale, Austin, Oakland, Burnside, Riverdale, Chatham, South Chicago, Chicago Lawn, South Deering, Douglas, South Lawndale, East Garfield Park, South Shore, Englewood, Washington Park, Fuller Park, West Englewood, Grand Boulevard, West Garfield Park, Greater Grand Crossing, Woodlawn, and Humboldt Park

This project is an outcome of the 2022 Food Equity Council. See information about the history of this project here.

The Community Grower’s Program is a collaborative urban agriculture project that supports development and implementation of 25-30 urban agriculture new and existing sites by providing access to land, and financial and technical assistance to urban growers. The second round of applications will be coming soon.

Timeline (may be subject to change):

Timeline:

January- February 2024: Application for Community Growers Program will open and be available here.

PROJECT PARTNERS OF THIS PROGRAM INCLUDE: