Vegetable Seed Grants Available to Rotary-Linked Projects Worldwide
The Rotarians Against Hunger project (www.rotariansagainsthunger.org), led by several Western North Carolina (USA)-based Rotary Clubs, is proud to announce the availability of vegetable seed grants to fellow Rotarians worldwide for their nutrition, education, and income development projects. Our aim is that by providing vegetable seeds and training, you can help people facing hunger and malnutrition to grow some of the food they need. Funding for seeds is available due to the generosity of Rotarians and many other community members across our District and beyond. Logistics support is provided by Seed Programs International.
Read about one successful Rotarians Against Hunger project here.
Program Basics. Funding is available to provide vegetable seeds for 3-6 projects depending on size. Applications are for seeds, including coverage of inspection and shipping costs. Specialized one-time training may also be available. Cash grants are not available. Seed volume per project ranges from one carton to five. Each carton contains about 1400 home garden-size packets of vegetable seeds in a mix of from two to fourteen vegetable types. A carton is estimated to grow 5-15 tons of fresh vegetables, varying depending on project support for soil fertility, water access, tools and materials access, and grower education.
Seeds are provided by North Carolina-based Seed Programs International (SPI) and shipped from New York, USA. SPI staff will work with you and your in-country partners to make appropriate seed selections for the climate, culture, and program goals. SPI will work with you and your partners to address shipping and import logistics. For more information on SPI’s approach, see www.seedprograms.org.
Settings may be of any type where nutrition is a concern, i.e., projects may work on the level of households, villages, microenterprise projects, farmer cooperatives, school gardens, orphanages, IDP/refugee camps, or other settings.
How Projects are Selected. Programs will be competitively evaluated and chosen based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated Need. Nutrition has been identified as a community need and vegetable growing as a promising strategy to address that need.
- Local Sourcing Not Possible. Partners have determined that local availability of and access to appropriate, quality vegetable seeds is insufficient.
- Partnerships. Project applicant should be a Rotary club or district. Preference will be given to projects which have built strong partnership with a local NGO or other group able to effectively manage seed distribution and provide consistent program support and monitoring in the community served.
- Location. Rotarians Against Hunger will seek to provide seeds for a mix of worldwide locations. The regulatory environment for importing seeds may make some destination countries less feasible. Contact SPI to learn more about this. Please do not apply for seeds for projects in the US or Canada.
- Match. All projects require a matching investment of 50% or greater by the applying Rotary partner, based on a dollar value of $500 per seed carton. Match should be used for items that complement the seed use, such as tools and materials, soil inputs, water access, training cost, local travel for distribution, customs clearance, etc. All partners are responsible for costs of clearing seed shipments from customs and local import permit fees.
- Reporting Plan. Rotarians Against Hunger and SPI seek to learn of project results including outcomes, successes, and challenges, for the purposes of publicity and program improvement.
To Apply: Complete your online application. Our deadline is September 23, 2016. We will review applications as they come in. We may contact you sooner with clarifying questions about your project. Thank you for your application to partner with our Rotary district.