Fork 2 Farm Relief + Restocking Grants – FAQ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can apply for Fork 2 Farm Relief + Restocking Grants?
Any restaurant or ag-related retailer with a brick-and-mortar location within the Central City can submit an application. Eligible applicants should also have a lease term through December 31, 2020, AND were current on lease payments through March 1, 2020. Central City is defined as Alhambra Blvd, Broadway, Railyards Blvd and the Sacramento River. (see map)
What is a food-related retailer?
Retailers that sell food products, or products made from/with agricultural products sourced directly from qualified local small farm or agricultural suppliers, may apply. Examples of include spices, soaps and bath products, non-alcoholic beverages such as juices, etc. that were manufactured with ingredients sourced from qualified local small farms or agricultural vendors/suppliers. Retailers may submit invoices for these ingredients in products sold in their retail locations if the supplier qualifies as an agricultural vendor/supplier under the grant eligibility.
Who will receive the funds from the Fork 2 Farm Relief + Restocking Grants?
Qualified agricultural vendors/suppliers include small farms, ranches, and similar agricultural producers within the six-county (Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, Sutter, El Dorado, Yuba) region are eligible for the grant. Small farms are those that sell $1,000 to $250,000 per year in agricultural products, as defined by the USDA.
Qualified agricultural vendors/suppliers must be nominated by a Central City restaurant or food-related retailer they supply. All grants will be distributed directly to the nominated agricultural vendor/supplier on the restaurant or retailer’s behalf by the Downtown Sacramento Foundation. This provides a win-win by lowering the debt burden of restaurants and food-related retailers while also ensuring local farms can continue what they do best – farm, grow, and provide for our farm-to-fork community.
What are the Fork 2 Farm Relief + Restocking Grant amounts?
Grants will be awarded based on the amount(s) of submitted invoices, up to $4,000, per restaurant/retailer (applicant). Agricultural vendors/suppliers (nominee) may be nominated by more than one applicant but may only receive up to $5,000 (cumulative) in Fork 2 Farm Relief & Restocking Grants.
What kind of invoices/bills/expenses can I submit?
Central City restaurants and food-related retailers can submit up to three (3) current and past due invoices from a qualified agricultural vendor/supplier. Invoices may be for any amount, however, the cumulative award for any grant is $4,000 per applicant and $5,000 per agricultural vendor/supplier. Invoices should include the date, product, amounts, recipient, and supplier.
What do I need to submit with the Fork 2 Farm Relief + Restocking Grant application?
Central City restaurants and food-related retailers must upload copies of current and past due invoices and W-9s for each agricultural vendor/supplier being nominated, as well as contact information. Applicants will also be asked to answer questions about:
• Estimated annual sales
• Pre-COVID-19 employee counts
• Current employee counts
• Lease information
• Percent of inventory sourced from local small farms
• How funds will help to continue or restart operations
Applications are available here.
Can I apply more than once?
Central City restaurants and food-related retailers can submit multiple applications for multiple qualified agricultural vendors/suppliers but do not submit multiple applications for the same invoice. Applicants can apply for grants to cover up to three (3) invoices from one agricultural vendor/supplier (nominee) or up to three different nominees in a single application (up to $4,000 cumulative per applicant).
When will the Fork 2 Farm Relief + Restocking Grants be awarded?
Grants will be reviewed weekly for as long as funds exist. Grant recipients will be posted on DowntownSac.org/Fork2Farm.
What if I am a restaurant buying through small farms via a distributor? Can I submit an invoice for that farm via a distributor?
Yes, as long as the invoice documents products that are supplied from eligible small farms in the six-county region. This includes distributors such as Produce Express, Sysco, and others.
If I am a retailer that sells products sourced by local small farms, can I submit an invoice for reimbursement?
Yes, retailers that sell food products, or products made from agricultural supplies sourced directly from qualified agricultural vendors/suppliers may apply. Examples of food or agricultural sourced products may include spices, soaps and bath products, nonalcoholic beverages such as juices that were manufactured with ingredients sourced from local small farms. Central City retailers may submit invoices for the ingredients necessary to make these products as long as the agricultural vendors/suppliers qualify under the other eligibility.
Can I submit an invoice for alcohol?
No, invoices for alcoholic products are not eligible.
How many Fork 2 Farm Relief + Restocking Grants will be awarded?
As many as we can that funds allow. Unfortunately, not all eligible grant applications may be awarded.
How are the Fork 2 Farm Relief + Restocking Grant applications judged?
After being reviewed for eligibility, all applications will be reviewed blindly – meaning the names of the submitting restaurant/retailer will not be initially viewed prior to the award decision by the selection committee. The blind process is designed to eliminate unconscious bias.
Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis by the selection committee. All eligible applications that do not receive awards upon initial review, will be automatically considered in the next round of reviews until funds are depleted.
Who reviews the Fork 2 Farm Relief + Restocking Grant applications and selects awards?
The selection committee consists of representatives from the Downtown Sacramento Foundation, Visit Sacramento, Downtown Sacramento Partnership, and Bank of America.
If my application wasn’t selected in the first round of grants, do I need to apply again?
No, all eligible applications will be automatically considered in the next round of reviews until funds are depleted.
How will I be notified I was selected for a Fork 2 Farm Relief + Restocking Grant?
An email notification will be sent to the restaurant/retailer contact listed on the application from the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. An email notification will also be sent to the agricultural vendor/supplier contact provided on the application from Visit Sacramento. All selected restaurants/retailers and agricultural vendors/suppliers will also be listed on DowntownSac.org/Fork2Farm.