The H2O to Grow Coalition — in collaboration with the Unified Government’s Public Works Department and Public Health Department — has $50,000 in grant funds available for Wyandotte County community gardens and urban farms in need of water taps. Small organizations and individuals often lack the resources to install a new water tap, which can cost from $4,000 to $9,000. The coalition and its partners want to increase access to healthy, locally-grown food in Wyandotte County and reduce stormwater run-off by growing food in empty lots.
“Water access is one of the main barriers to gardens and farms growing more food to feed Wyandotte Countians,” said Katherine Kelly of Cultivate Kansas City, an H2O to Grow Coalition member. “With 18,000 Wyandotte County residents living with low access to food, the H2O to Grow Coalition has been looking for creative ways to remove that barrier.”
Learn more on the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., website.
The coalition will host a grant application workshop Thursday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m., at Cross-Lines Annex, 736 Shawnee Ave., Kansas City, Kan. 66105. The application deadline is Aug. 22.