Grant Opportunity from the University of Minnesota - Deadline is December 30, 2016.
Power of Produce (PoP) Club Grant Application
The following application is intended to provide farmers' markets or partnering organizations with the resources and funds to implement a Power of Produce (PoP) Club at their respective local farmers' market.
The PoP Club is a farmers' market incentive program for children. Each week, children receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables and food plants. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to independently make healthy food choices. Its secondary goals include bringing families together to the farmers' market, increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables children are eating at home, and promoting the sale of fresh, locally-grown produce.
This grant application is one phase of a larger project. The second phase of the project will be releasing a statewide PoP Club Toolkit in early Spring 2017 that will be free for all Minnesota farmers' markets. There will also be grant funding available for a second set of farmers' markets to receive funding to implement the PoP Club during the 2018 season.
Grant selection criteria will focus on the following factors:
- Program sustainability, including funding, staffing, and resources.
- Strong local partnership. Markets with a promise of financial or resource support from a local partnering organization(s) will be given preference. This can either be in the form of supplying additional funds or necessary resources during the application year or sponsorship during subsequent years of the program.
- Markets offering Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and serving SNAP-eligible populations.
Important application information:
This is an online application. You are able to partially fill-in the application and come back to complete at a later time; however, you will only find your saved information if you are using the same computer and browser. It is suggested that you download the pdf version of the application located below to look over the questions and complete your responses in a Word document before transferring the information to the online application. This will prevent the loss of any completed information.
As a reminder, farmers' markets OR local partnering organizations (public health, non-profits, businesses, etc.) are eligible to complete the application for each local respective farmers' market. Only one application should be submitted per farmers' market.
Lastly, only farmers' markets who don't currently offer the PoP Club are encouraged to apply. PoP Club resources will be available to ALL farmers' markets when the toolkit is released in 2017.
Please direct all questions to:
University of Minnesota Extension
Application opens on Monday, November 7th and closes on Friday, December 30th at 11:59 pm.
We may be reaching out during the application review process with follow-up questions.
Applicants will be notified of award status by January 31, 2017.