2023 DETROIT BLACK FARMER
LAND FUND APPLICATION IS CLOSED
The next round to apply for funding will be available on Juneteenth 2024
These funds are specifically targeted to Black growers in the cities of Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck to purchase land they are currently farming or plan to farm on. Funds may be used for land purchases, as well as infrastructure projects and/or equipment needs for land where they are currently farming or plan to farm on. Funds will be dispensed directly to the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) for land purchases, with a signed purchase agreement or other proof of impending purchase, and/or directly to contractors for infrastructure or equipment funds. Also, awardees will have access to up to $500 for skill building/professional development, in addition to their award.
It is the intention of the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund (DBFLF) to rebuild inter-generational land ownership for Black farmers in Detroit and applicants must share that mission. Further, we intend to cultivate a community of local Black farmers who can serve as co-stewards of not just farmland, but of the wisdom and knowledge necessary to feed and support the wider Detroit Black community at large. By applying for and receiving these funds, you are becoming a part of an intergenerational and intentional community of Black farmers who will ensure that the land is used to further this mission now, and in the future. Awardees are expected to use any land purchased with assistance from the DBFLF for gardening, farming or other agricultural purposes for at least the next five years. For more information on this application and how your responses will be weighted please see the DBFLF FAQ sheet (https://tinyurl.com/DBFLFfaq) or join us for one of our events (details below).
TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION, YOU MUST UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:
- Photos or Video of you and your farm/garden
FOR INFRASTRUCTURE ONLY:
- Project Budget: Use this template: https://bit.ly/3OapOWG
FOR LAND PURCHASES ONLY:
- Plot Plan: https://bit.ly/2TihDkn
- Community Engagement Plan: https://tinyurl.com/DBFLF2023
June 17: application drops, Juneteenth Black Farmers Market
June 27 @ 6p: Application Review Webinar w/ Erin: https://tinyurl.com/DBFLFapp
June 29 @ 6p: Optional Class: Accessing & Purchasing Land Class w/ Tee: https://www.detroitagriculture.net/events/accessland
July: If you have questions or need support, connect 1on1 w/ Tee here: https://calendly.com/tepfirah
July 29: application due by midnight
week of September 18: notify awardees end of September DBCFSN Harvest Fest: Dated TBD Awardee CeremonyIf awarded, attend a mandatory orientation and schedule a one on one with representative from the fund.
If you have any additional questions or need to send additional application materials, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org