Philadelphia FPAC

Community Composting Mini-Grant

Calling all community organizations, schools, gardens, and neighborhood spaces: We want to provide seed funding for your community composting program!

The deadline for this mini-grant has passed. Applicants, please stay tuned for the evaluation panel’s decision.

What is community composting?

FPAC recognizes that a strong composting infrastructure requires a range of small, medium, and large-scale facilities. As one approach, FPAC promotes the growth of responsible, community-based composting efforts to foster a culture of composting in the city. Community composting transforms organic matter into valuable soil amendments, keeps organic waste in a local closed-loop system, and engages communities through participation and education. Community composting services are typically provided for free or low cost.

What will the mini-grant fund?

3 awards of $400 each in seed funding for supplies and materials to build a 3-bin composting system.

Who should apply?

  • Community organizations
  • Schools
  • Community gardens and farms
  • Neighborhood spaces
  • Philadelphia area preferred

Who should NOT apply?

Someone looking to start a composting business. This grant is intended to support organizations that want to provide a community good, it is not intended to be starter capital.

What if I want to use one of the Compost Competition finalist designs that I saw at the Big Reveal?

At the Compost Competition Big Reveal in August 2018, FPAC unveiled two finalist designs, a repurposed chest freezer composter and a large cylindrical composter set in a trellis. In our tests, we did not successfully produce compost, but we would like to work with a community partner to continue testing these designs. We will provide a small capacity-building stipend to a community partner to work with the original designers to test the designs. See photos below, and question 7 of the application for more information.

Chest Freezer Design, submitted by the Let’s Talk Trash Team

Trellis design, submitted by Tony Guido

How do I apply?

Click here to access our Google Form application. You must submit your application by 11:59pm on September 28, 2018.

By mail:
Send your hard copy application to the address below to be delivered by September 28, 2018 (not just post-marked).

Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council
RE: Community Composting Mini-Grant Application
1515 Arch St. 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102


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