City of Chicago Announces Launch of Second Round of Applications for the Community Growers Program

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Mayor Brandon Johnson, the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), and program partner agency NeighborSpace, announced the application opening for the second round of the City’s Community Growers Program. Through this program, BACP and NeighborSpace are reducing the barriers to urban agriculture by supporting urban growers with access to resources to build long-term urban agriculture sites and technical support. Urban growers interested in applying to participate in the program in this second round can do so through June 30th, 2024, by visiting  NeighborSpace is managing the application review and selection process. NeighborSpace is collaborating with the following partner agencies to implement this program: Chicago Food Policy Action Committee (CFPAC), Community Food Navigator, DePaul Steans Center, Grow Greater Englewood, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Urban Growers Collective, and Windy City Harvest.  The Community Growers Program, designed in partnership with the City of Chicago Food Equity Council, is a $2 million investment in urban agriculture with the goal to increase food equity in communities with a history of disinvestment by encouraging the development of urban agriculture sites by local growers.  To learn more about the Community Growers Program and BACP’s Recovery Plan efforts, please visit

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