Grants & Investment

OneGrow Applies for $900k+ in Federal Grant Funding

by James Winstel | July 25th, 2020

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Hello and welcome to the OneGrow family!

We are more than excited to announce that OneGrow has put in hundreds of man hours in the quest to make our vision of better-connected vertical farming education a reality. Our ever-expanding team encompasses students and professionals from Cornell University, the University of Michigan, Grow Computer, Inc., and high schools stretching from California to New York City.

This team has spent the last few months applying for $993,000 in federal grant funding to support our mission. In June, we worked with four high schools to formulate our pilot program, The DEEP HydroSense Project. These schools represent students across the United States in lower income areas that primarily have specific food-desert-related difficulties in sourcing fresh local produce. These hardships include the arid climate surrounding San Andreas High School in Highland, California, and the urban environment in which many Teens for Food Justice affiliate schools find themselves in New York City. To fund this project, we applied for a $240,000 USDA FASLP (Food & Agriculture Service Learning Program) grant which would provide our partner schools with all necessary additional hardware and Grow Computer software to automate, control, and connect their hydroponic/aquaponic systems remotely.

Additionally, our team recently submitted applications for two other grants including the USDA Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program and the National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources Grant (IUSE: HER) that bring our total possible grant funding to nearly $1,000,000.

If you would like to learn more about the work we are doing, the status of grant funding, or would like to bring OneGrow to your school please visit our website at www.OneGrow.org or email us at info@onegrow.org. You can also follow us on social media with the links below:

James Winstel is OneGrow's Co-Director, Director of Marketing & Acquisitions, and Co-Founder. He studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.