2016 Grant Application

Grant Applications are now being accepted for 2016
The Frontera Farmer Foundation is committed to promoting small, sustainable Midwestern farms serving the Chicago area, by providing them with capital development grants. Small local farms, which often struggle financially, are more likely to promote biodiversity by planting a wide range of produce and operate using organic practices. By their artisanal approach to agriculture, the freshness of their product and the variety of their offerings, these farmers insure the highest quality food while they add immeasurably to the fabric of their local rural community.

Eligibility requirements:
The Frontera Farmer Foundation will award grants for capital improvements of up to $12,000 to small and medium-size, individually owned farms that sell their food products to customers in the Chicago area at farmers markets and otherwise. Farmers must have been in business for at least three years and must demonstrate how the grant will improve both their farm’s viability and the availability of locally grown food products in the Chicago area. Grant applicants will be judged on the basis of demonstrated need, long-term dedication to sustainable farming, creative and business acumen, and commitment to sustainability.

You may download the application by clicking on the link below or contact Casey Cora at Frontera Grill via phone at (312) 334-3691 to have an application mailed to you.

Grant applications must be received by February 27, 2016.
Submit by mail (to Frontera Farmer Foundation, 445 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60654), or email to Casey Cora at

Awarding of Grants:
Recipients of grants will be notified on or before April 1, 2016.


Grant application is provided in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.