Urban Agriculture

Local food production and distribution plays an important role in addressing health, social, economic and environmental issues. The City supports urban agriculture in a variety of ways. One of the most important is by providing financial grants.

In fiscal year 2024 the City is offering mini-grants to support urban agriculture. Funds are available for agricultural production and growing sites as well as local food aggregation distribution sites. To qualify for funding, the location of the growing or distribution sites must be within the City of Cincinnati. Applicants can be non-profit or for-profit corporations and other entities may be considered. Grants are not made to individuals.

Applications are due Friday, November 17, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.

Click links to the Program Criteria and Funding Guidelines and the online Application Form.

For the 2024 Urban Agriculture Program cycle we are recommending that requests do not exceed $1000.

Priority will be given to neighborhoods that have participated in the Climate Safe Neighborhoods Program (CSNP), but everyone is encouraged to apply. The CSNP neighborhoods include Avondale, Bond Hill, Camp Washington, Carthage, Lower Price Hill, Millvale, North Fairmont, OTR, Roselawn, South Cumminsville, South Fairmont, and West End.

Funds may be used for eligible expenses dating from December 15, 2023 through May 15, 2024.

For more information, please contact Robin Henderson at robin.henderson@cincinnati-oh.gov or at 513-352-5340.

Items that are eligible for funding at AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION/GROWING (Garden or Farm) sites:

    • Site Improvement (e.g., soil testing, soil, compost, cover crops, etc.)
    • Growing needs (e.g., plants, seeds, tools, hoses, beds, beehives, etc.)
    • Infrastructure (e.g., water access, fencing, season extenders, benches, walkways, etc.)

Items that are eligible for funding at AGRICULTURAL AGGREGATED DISTRIBUTION sites:

  • Infrastructure/Equipment (e.g., racking/shelving, pallet jack, plastic pallets, reusable crates, packing material, forklift, large dollies, etc.)
  • Supplies (e.g., storage containers, liners, carts, tables, scales, bags, etc.)
  • Marketing Materials (e.g., postcard mailers, local food stickers and magnets, truck decals, signage, social/print/radio ads, etc.)


Applications Due

Friday, November 17, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.

Award notification

December 15, 2023

Expense Period Allowed for Reimbursement*

December 15, 2023 through May 15, 2024*

For a complete listing of the grants awarded for Fiscal Year 2023, please click here.