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USDA Announces Recipients of Urban Agriculture Grants and Cooperative Agreements

2 Projects Awarded in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6, 2021 –   Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the selection of recipients for more than $6.6 million in grants and cooperative agreements through the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. These grants and cooperative agreements build on $4.1 million in projects funded in 2020.  

“As the People’s Department, USDA is committed to assisting all facets of agriculture, including operations in our cities,” USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) state Conservationist Denise Coleman in Pennsylvania said.  

“These projects nourish communities with fresh, healthy food; teach generations the joy and fulfillment of farming and partnerships; and produce environmental benefits by reducing food waste and creating compost that can be used in a variety of farming operations,” USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Dan Smeal said.

Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Competitive Grants 

The Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program supports a wide range of activities through two grant types, which are Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. Activities include operating community gardens and nonprofit farms, increasing food production and access in economically distressed communities, providing job training and education and developing business plans and zoning.  

USDA is awarding $4.75 million for 10 Planning Projects and 11 Implementation Projects. 

Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Project 

Through Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) Projects, USDA is investing approximately $1.92 million in 24 pilot projects to develop and implement strategies for municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. USDA prioritized projects that anticipate or demonstrate economic benefits, incorporate plans to make compost easily accessible to farmers, including community gardeners, integrate other food waste strategies, including food recovery efforts and collaborate with multiple partners.  

Recipients include the City of Philadelphia and the City of Pittsburgh projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans.

For a complete list of grant and cooperative agreement recipients and project summaries, visit