Seattle, WA—PCC Community Markets has awarded $35,000 in Community Grants to local nonprofits focused on cultivating local, organic food systems and supporting diverse communities, according to a press release.

“PCC’s grant programs are a critical ingredient in achieving our vision through giving back to our community,” said Brenna Davis, PCC’s VP of Social and Environmental Responsibility. “With our programs including Community Grants, we have helped fund farms and community gardens in urban and rural BIPOC communities, assisted low-income entrepreneurs with building their businesses and supported scientific research in underfunded fields. We are grateful to continue this work that strengthens a collaborative culture capable of transformational change.”

The recipients are the African Community Housing and Development (Delridge Farmers Market), Black Farmers Collective, Chief Seattle Club, The Common Acre, Gathering Roots Wellness, Plant Based Food Share, and United Indians of All Tribes.

"United Indians of All Tribes Foundation is grateful to partner with PCC Community Markets on another effort to fight food insecurity which is growing in King County,” said Michael Tulee, Executive Director, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. “In recognition of our Elders contributions, and the real risks of isolation, our program maintains Elders' connections to community and well-being. Thanks to generous organizations like PCC, we have delivered meals, uninterrupted, throughout this pandemic. Those deliveries also serve as check-points for problem-solving and support."

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PCC introduced the Community Grants in 2014 as a quarterly program, shifting it to annual with the onset of the pandemic in 2020. This year the co-op simplified the grant submission process, removing barriers and increasing access. The 2021 recipients will use the funding in ways meaningful to each organization, including supporting a pilot program at four Seattle farm sites and increasing accessibility for a local farm.

In December 2021, PCC will begin accepting applications for its Organic Producer Grants that support local producers and farms.