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APPLY FOR THE
DETROIT BLACK FARMER LAND FUND

2024 DETROIT BLACK FARMER
LAND FUND APPLICATIO

Application is now open! See below for details and to apply.

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


TIMELINE

  • June 19: application drops

  • June 25 @ 6p: Optional Class:  Accessing & Purchasing Land Class with Tee via Zoom - REGISTER HERE

  • July 29: application due by midnight

  • week of September 15: notify awardees 

  • September 21 or 22: Awardee Ceremony at DBCFSN Harvest Fest at DTown. 

  • If awarded, attend a mandatory orientation and schedule a one on one with representative from the fund. 

 

QUESTIONS OR NEED ASSISTANCE? 

If you have any additional questions, need to send additional application materials, would like to be interviewed or want to submit a video entry in lieu of completing this application, or generally need assistance completing the applications, send an email to detroitblackfarmerlandfund@gmail.com

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