Grant Resources

Grant Search Databases

Grants For Nonprofits/Community Projects

Foundations and Other Funders
State and Federal Grants

Grants For Schools

School Gardens
  • Chef Ann Foundation Project Produce: Provides schools funds to spend on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole ingredients used in scratch-cooked recipes.
  • Salad Bars to Schools Grant: Donates salad bars to schools so that every child in the nation has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • USDA Farm to School Grant: Supports efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Funds are made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds.

Grants For Farmers

State and Federal Grants
  • FSA Farm Storage Facility Loan Program: Provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade facilities to store commodities.
  • FSA Guaranteed Farm Loan Program: Helps family farmers and ranchers to obtain loans from USDA-approved commercial lenders at reasonable terms to buy farmland or finance agricultural production.
  • FSA EZ Guarantee Program: Available for smaller loans; provides a simplified Guaranteed Loan application process to help small, new, or underserved family farmers with early financial assistance.
  • FSA Microloans: Finances needs of small, beginning farmer, niche and non-traditional farm operations, such as truck farms, farms participating in direct marketing and sales such as farmers’ markets, CSAs, restaurants, and grocery stores, or those using hydroponic, aquaponic, organic, and vertical growing methods.
  • Illinois Dept. of Treasury Ag Invest Loans: The Illinois Treasury partners with approved financial institutions to provide qualified farmers and agriculture professionals below market rate loans to start, expand, or add value to their farm operations.
  • Rural Energy for America Program (REAP): Provides grants and loans to farmers and businesses for energy efficiency improvements and purchase of wind, solar or other renewable energy systems, and also provides grants to help farmers with energy audits and renewable energy development.
Foundations and Other Funders


Lake County Data

Lake County Sustainable Local Food Systems Report: A study of the barriers and opportunities of the County’s food system. Report deliverables also include:

  • Lake County local food brochure, created by CMAP
  • A CMAP micro-site to highlight the report’s findings and related projects

Live Well Lake County: Facilitated by the Lake County Health Department, this group prioritizes community issues, encourages collaboration with multiple, diverse stakeholders and takes action to improve overall health and wellbeing of Lake County residents; site includes local data helpful to organizations in the county.

Eat Well Action Team: Representatives from county organizations working to empower those who live, work, and play in Lake County to have access, resources, skills, and knowledge to eat healthy by cultivating strong collaborations and aligning community efforts.

Heartland Alliance Poverty Report: “Cycle of Risk: The Intersection of Poverty, Violence, and Trauma,” a report on Illinois poverty that includes county-level data helpful for research, grant proposals, etc.

National Data

USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass: Tool that shows data on farmers markets and food hubs as well as federal investments in local food across the country.

USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass: Tool that shows data on farmers markets and food hubs as well as federal investments in local food across the country.