Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production


To encourage and promote urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural practices, including (A) community gardens and farms located in urban areas, suburbs, and urban clusters; (B) rooftop farms, outdoor vertical production, and green walls; (C) indoor farms, greenhouses, and high-tech vertical technology farms; (D) hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic farm facilities; and (E) other innovations in agricultural production, as determined by the Secretary; and to encourage local or municipal governments to develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Title XII, Part C, Section 12302, Public Law 115-334
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) are eligible. Grant program eligibility includes Nonprofit organizations (with or without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS), units of local government, Native American Tribal Governments (federally recognized on non-recognized Tribal Governments), any schools serving grades kindergarten through grade 12. Cooperative agreements eligibility includes City or township governments (or other municipal governments), County governments, School districts (including independent school districts), State-designated Indian Tribes, Native American Tribal Governments (federally recognized on non-recognized Tribal Governments).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Deadlines for proposals for grants and cooperative agreements identified in applicable NOFO.
Award Procedure
For each program year, the Natural Resource Conservation Service issues an announcement of program funding. Application procedures are outlined in the NOFO.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
For each program year, the Natural Resource Conservation Service issues an announcement of program funding. Application procedures are outlined in the NOFO.
A partner may not appeal any adverse determination to the Chief of the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The agency decision for development and submission of a full proposal is final and there is no appeal process, or opportunity for reconsideration. This is included in the NOFA.
The grant program shall not exceed three years. NRCS may extend a grant for one time for up to 12 months. Renewal and supplemental opportunities are available and are outlined in the NOFO. Proposals for renewal or supplementation of existing projects are eligible to compete with proposals for new Federal awards. The cooperative agreement program shall not exceed two years. NRCS may extend an agreement for one time for up to 12 months. Renewal and supplemental opportunities are available and are outlined in the NOFO. Proposals for renewal or supplementation of existing projects are eligible to compete with proposals for new Federal awards.
How are proposals selected?
Selections made via peer review of the criteria listed above.
How may assistance be used?
Use of assistance can be found on the following websites which includes recipient entity/organizations, brief project descriptions, funding amounts and map. UAIP Website Homepage: https://www.usda.gov/topics/urban/grants; CFWR Website Homepage: https://www.usda.gov/topics/urban/coop-agreements
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Annual submission
Not applicable.
Instruction provided in the Notice of Award. Awardees are expected to maintain separate records for each grant and cooperative agreement to ensure that funds are used for the purpose for which the agreement was made. Records are subject to inspection during the life of the award and for three years thereafter.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. Cost sharing or matching requirement is not required nor applicable to the grant program. Matching requirements is applicable to the cooperative agreement program and are statutorily required to this assistance listing. The applicant shall provide funds, in-kind contributions, or a combination of both from sources other than funds provided through the cooperative agreement in an amount equal to not less than 25 percent of the amount of the agreement. Cost sharing for the cooperative agreement program may be achieved with contributions of cash, services, materials, equipment, or third-party in-kind contributions. Funds from another Federal award cannot be used as match except where the Federal statute authorizing a program specifically provides that Federal funds made available for such program can be applied to matching or cost sharing. Additional details about cost sharing or matching funds/contributions can be found at 2 CFR 200.306.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available on an annual basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Leslie Glover II, Urban Agriculture Program Manager, Outreach & Partnerships Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250 USA
Phone: 602-309-9536
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$642,000.00; FY 23 est $13,685,000.00; FY 24 est $7,500,000.00; FY 21$4,724,316.00; FY 20$2,879,000.00; FY 19$0.00; - Most of the obligations for the FY22 UAIP grant program were executed in FY23 as a result of the 2 year appropriation carryover from FY22 to FY23.(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$1,992,436.00; FY 20$1,599,000.00; FY 19$0.00; - The cooperative agreement program was funded with money from the American Rescue Plan Act in FY 22-24.(Salaries and Expenses) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; - The difference between obligations and the Presidents Budget for Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production reflects omission of salary and benefits for OUAIP, administrative and operations costs not associated with either financial assistance program and other activities of OUAIP.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Minimum and Maximum amounts for any fiscal year will be established by the Chief of NRCS.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards", 2 CFR Part 200; Non-procurement Debarment and Suspension" 2 CFR 417; "Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace", 2 CFR Part 421; "New Restrictions on Lobbying", 2 CFR Part 418; and Office of Management and Budget regulations governing "Controlling Paperwork Burdens on the Public", 5 CFR 1320
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2020 Community Composting and Food Waste Reduction: Lake County, Illinois - Lake County Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Project: The project is developing a stronger, more vibrant circular economy for managing food scraps and other organic material. It includes a compost to farmland/community garden demonstration study, strengthening the community gardening network, market development for compost, and education efforts to increase participation rates in the commercial and residential sectors. Prince William County, Virginia - Prince William County Public Schools Food Waste Composting and Education Pilot: The Prince William County Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division (SWD) its project partners are implementing a food waste composting pilot program for county schools and educating students on the environmental, economic, and social benefits of food waste composting. Henderson County, North Carolina - Henderson County Organics Pilot Expansion: This project is improving local infrastructure by expanding the public compost facility, increasing the lunchroom composting program to six additional schools, and starting a residential discounted compost bin program. Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production Competitive Grants - Planning Projects: City of New Haven, Connecticut- The New Haven Urban Agriculture Master Plan - Creating a Blueprint for Equitable Urban Agricultural Growth in New Haven, Connecticut: The city’s Food System Policy Division is developing the first New Haven Urban Agriculture Master Plan. The plan will be used to access land and opportunities to increase the production and sale of locally grown foods, build community, improve public health and well-being, and provide economic opportunity, particularly in areas with vacant land and limited food access. Center for Land-Based Learning, California - Urban Agriculture Assessment and Recommendations: Connecting Urban Farmers with Broderick/Bryte Community to Improve Community Food Access, Nutrition Education, and Economic Development: The Center for Land-Based Learning is producing a comprehensive urban agriculture assessment of West Sacramento. It will map and document current activities, identify opportunities for growth, and include recommendations to bolster the layers of positive impact urban agriculture has on communities. Feast Down East, North Carolina - Community Learning Farm Planning Project: The project supports a strategic planning process, including a feasibility study and stakeholder assessment, for the development of a community learning farm. A site development plan that will create community access and opportunities will also be created for the both the physical site and for programming. Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production Competitive Grants - Implementation Projects: Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light, Arkansas - Building a Network of Growers to Improve Access to Local Food: Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light is collaborating with partners to improve access to local food, foster a network of urban gardeners and farmers who share resources and knowledge, assist local growers with building infrastructure, expand and improve community gardens to become self-sustainable, educate the community on food systems and the nutritional value of plant-rich diets, share knowledge of environmental benefits of local agricultural production, offer hands-on learning in organic farming, mentor youth and young adults interested in urban agricultural occupations, and engage more people in local food production. The Greenleaf Foundation, Georgia - Eastside Hyper-Local Food System Project: Greenleaf Community Farm serves as a hub for connecting and supporting entrepreneurial food projects and closing the food system gap in Atlanta City Council District 5. The project includes a community farm, a payflex farm stand, and a community gathering space to connect and educate residents. It will also expand the Edible Neighborhoods program to provide equitable access to fresh produce, educate residents on edible landscaping, and serve as an entry point into the food system. Common Ground Producers and Growers, Kansas - Common Ground Urban Innovation Project: The Common Ground Mobile Market will provide fresh produce to food deserts and food insecure areas in targeted urban zip codes in Wichita and Sedgwick Counties. The project will facilitate entrepreneurial projects through job training, use of farm equipment and land, mentoring and other business development assistance to new and beginning farmers. The mobile market will partner with the K-State Extension Growing Growers program, which provides an apprentice to help with the market and offer training in farming and gardening.


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