Monday, July 16, 2012


SHIP has new mini-grant funding opportunities!!  We are awarding out $20,000 of funding to projects that aim to increase access and consumption of healthy foods. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to at least 4 sites within the five counties (Cottonwood, Jackson, Faribault, Martin & Watonwan)

Potential projects include:
 -Increasing EBT access at Farmers’ Markets
 -Starting a Farmers’ Market in a community, worksite, school or hospital.
 -Offering nutrition information on menu’s (local restaurants)
 -Processing local foods
 -Developing marketing campaigns to promote locally grown foods and Farmers’ Markets
 -Developing a directory of processors, growers, and rental spaces for processing
 -Developing “virtual” Farmers Markets or CSA’s – places where people could go t
 -Increasing access to healthy foods through corner store initiatives.
 -OTHER: Innovative Ideas that aim to increase consumption of healthy foods and increase access to those foods will be accepted

Eligible applicants include private businesses, faith institutions, non-profit organizations, government agencies and all other entities interested in moving the food system forward in our communities. Examples of potential organizations include: community organizations, churches, farmers’ markets, corner stores, food shelves, restaurants and other healthier food outlets to work on the Farm to Fork, Establishing/Creating Healthier Food Outlets or Nutrition Labeling. 

I have enclosed the application and application instructions/background information which provides more information. Please share this information with other you think may be interested in applying. Applications are due electronically to Chera Sevcik (  by 5:00p.m. on August 17, 2012.  Applicants will be notified of their grant award by September 17, with a grantee start date no later than October 1, 2012. SHIP staff are available to help formulate and brainstorm ideas, pre-approve SHIP allowable expenditures and answer any questions potential applicants may have. 

The application and application instructions are available by clicking the links below.

Community Nutrition Application

Community Nutrition Application Instructions

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