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Rotary Seed Programs

The Rotarians Against Hunger project 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.

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. Click here for more information on SPI`s approach.

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:

Check out the results of one of last years partnerships in Copan.

To Apply. Complete the online application form here. The application is also available as a Word document. Questions? Contact peter.marks@seedprograms.org.