Plow to Plate

 

The fall application for Plow to Plate is now open. The deadline to submit is October 1, 2019.

Please read the following information and find the application at the bottom of this page.

Who We Fund:

  • Small holder farmers and agri-businesses

  • Food producers, manufacturers, distributors or suppliers

  • Community-based or educational projects related to food production

Who We Do Not Fund:

  • Large, industrial farms

  • Early stage agricultural projects or businesses

  • Projects and businesses not yet in operations or with not at least a full year of sales

  • Farms with little or no production

We have a strong preference for applicants who are:

  • Employing sustainable, eco-agricultural practices.

  • Working with their neighbors and communities to share equipment, knowledge, distribution, sales or other resources.

  • Aiming to increase their crop outputs and are interested increasing their sales by gaining access to World Central Kitchen’s network of distributors, restaurants and hotels.

  • Interested in building their resilience against future natural disasters.

  • Committed to participating in WCK’s skills building program that includes access to workshops, trainings, meetings/conferences, and networking opportunities in the agricultural and small business sectors.

  • Community based groups that bring together farmers like those described above and that work to leverage the skills and talents of the individual farmers to create a more impactful whole.

  • Individually owned, small businesses participating in the Puerto Rican food supply chain (restaurants, packagers, delivery companies) who are procuring their inputs from local farms – in particular those that are existing WCK grantees – and targeting Puerto Rican consumers.

If you are past Plow to Plate grantee, you must communicate with our Program Team at puertorico@wck.org to talk about your new proposal and project and to get access to the correct, returning grantee application.

What We Fund:

  • First time grantees may apply for funding between $5,000 and $20,000. The type of items we will fund include:

  • Infrastructure, farm equipment and machinery

  • Aater collection or irrigation systems, and similar.

  • Purchase and/or construction of green houses, storage sheds, cool storage facilities, chicken coops and similar farm infrastructure.

  • Seeds, saplings/trees, plant plugs, and similar.

  • Commercial conservation, cold-storage, or distributor equipment.

  • Building of a school or community kitchen that can be used for community meetings, events, workshops, or emergency feeding efforts

  • Establishment of farmers markets or similar events that promote the sale of local products.

What We Don’t Fund:

  • Solar power: panels, related items, and installation, though we will work with our partner grantees to help them connect with providers of solar solutions

  • Labor costs (payroll) or general operating expenses like utilities.

  • Costs related to the production of coffee or cacao.

If you have any doubts or questions if you project would qualify for Plow to Plate funding, please contact us at puertorico@wck.org.

How We Fund:

  • Plow to Plates operates in two funding cycles per year (spring and fall). In cases of emergencies and special opportunities, we may issue special invitations to apply.

  • Here are the dates for the next application cycle:

    • Application available on line: September 1, 2019

    • Deadline for submission: October 1, 2019

    • Phone interviews and site visits by WCK staff: October 1, 2019 through December 1, 2019

    • Notifications: By December 15, 2019 if not earlier

    • Advance of funds for approved projects: December 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020