by Sara Davis
Thanks to LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), Indy Food Fund will be giving grants between $500 and $10,000 and loans between $25,000 and $2 million to nonprofits and businesses with innovative projects that improve access to healthier and more nutritious foods. Applications will be taken until December 14, and the final decisions will be made by January 15, 2013.
Some examples of projects are community gardens with market stands, value chain projects, nutrition programs, food hubs, farmers’ markets, farm-to-institutions projects, urban farms, healthy corner store initiatives, and marketing and consumer cooperatives.
The Indy Food Fund works with the Marion County Public Health Department, Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, City of Indianapolis—Office of Sustainability, IUPUI, Growing Places Indy, the Indy Hunger Network, Indy Grown, the Efroymson Family Fund, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
Tim Carter, Director of Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology said, “We are excited to be part of this collaborative effort to improve our community’s access to food, their overall health, the local environment and the Indianapolis economy. The partnerships developed through the Indy Food Fund will be truly innovative and the projects that it supports will create models for other community projects in the future."
You can fill out the application here.