Meeting Market Demand for Local and Sustainable Food

Food:Land:Opportunity—Localizing the Chicago Foodshed is a multi-year initiative of The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust that aims to strengthen the resiliency of our region by increasing the supply of local and sustainable food. With natural resource conservation at its core, Food:Land:Opportunity leverages the ingenuity of local farmers and food business entrepreneurs—through the agencies and organizations that support their work—to steward the environment and strengthen local food enterprises. Read the press release

 


Our Approach

Deploying a range of funding vehicles, from strategic grant making to a fellowship and innovation competition, Food:Land:Opportunity works to advance our region's ability to produce more sustainable local food.

 

Founded in

2014


Founding Partners
  • Kinship Foundation
  • The Chicago Community Trust

Initiative Strategies
  • Increasing access to land for sustainable production
  • Strengthening the business skills of food practitioners
  • Attracting capital to the region's food system

Leading the Local Food Movement

Upcoming Opportunities

Funding for Food:Land:Opportunity will align with The Chicago Community Trust's competitive grant cycle. Here is a snapshot of expected projects:

Date Project Title Funding Vehicle
May 2014 Land Access Pilot(s) By invitation only
May 2014 Growers Network By invitation only
Sept 2014 Business Training in Urban Agriculture Competitive RFP
Jan 2015 Partnership on Shared Regional Vision for Local and Sustainable Food By invitation only
Jan 2015 Innovation Competition Competitive RFP
May 2015 Local and Sustainable Food Conservation Campaign By invitation only
May 2015 Year 2 of Land Access Pilot(s) Renewal
May 2015 Year 2 of Growers Network Renewal
Sept 2015 Local Food Business School Fellowships Competitive RFP
Sept 2015 Year 2 of Business Training in Urban Agriculture Renewal
Jan 2016 Year 2 of Shared Visioning Renewal
Jan 2016 Year 2 of Innovation Competition Renewal
Jan 2016 Best Practices Tool Kit By invitation only

To learn more, please contact FLO@cct.org or check out the FLO Earth Day tweet chat.

 

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