See the Finalists and Vote for Your Favourites!
After receiving a number of exciting Transformative Urban Agriculture applications, we have shortlisted our five favourite projects that will be shared with our final review panel.
We want to hear from the community - Which project do you like? Who should get the award?
Note: You must be logged in to Kitchen Table to vote for an idea. While we care deeply about community interest and enthusiam, project judging will take place independently of the public Up-voting process. Public up-votes will not form part of official scoring.
Background on the Transformative Urban Agriculture Award:
The Transformative Urban Agriculture Award will see $70,000 towards design, engineering and implementation costs of one (1) innovative, high-impact built-form urban agriculture project in an urban or town setting that will:
- Accelerate existing and emerging models of community-based agriculture practices in either indoor or outdoor urban settings in Guelph-Wellington;
- Have measurable shared community benefits embedded in their goals;
- Use urban agriculture to collaborate with local not-for-profit organizations to improve local food access;
- Support increasing local urban agriculture infrastructure capacity by embedding emerging technologies or knowledge sharing;
- Take urban and community farming approaches from concept to built-form projects that the Guelph-Wellington community can see, touch and learn from and are ideally replicable;
- Proposed projects may include - but are not limited to:
- urban farms, including rooftop farms and community gardens (see note 1 regarding community gardens on municipal land)
- 3 and 4 season greenhouses
- indoor and/or outdoor vertical production e.g. green walls, high-density vertical technology farms, and other controlled environment agriculture projects
- hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic farm facilities
- and other innovations in agricultural production
- This stream is open to both for-profit and non-profit businesses. All projects must specify significant and measurable community benefits and/or identify a community not-for-profit partner in the application.
- Matching contributions. A 100% matching cash contribution is required for project proposals submitted by for-profit businesses. Matching funds are NOT required for non-profit organizations. Consideration will be given to all projects that are highly supported by partners, in-kind contributions, and/or can scale the impact of the grant through both in-kind and financial contributions.
For questions related to city and county municipal bylaws and urban agriculture, Click Here to Download this Guide.