Last week, the Center for Civic Innovation was excited to welcome Bobbi de Winter and Kim Karris of Food Well Alliance for a Lunch and Learn about Food Well Alliance's upcoming 2016 Local Food Grant! It was a great opportunity to get more information about what the grant will fund and how to apply.
Here's what we learned:
Food Well Alliance seeks to fund initiatives that strengthen Metro Atlanta’s local foodsystem. Grants of up to $25,000 will be made to programs that are making systemic impacts in three strategic areas: sustainable economic development, health and wellness and environmental stewardship.
- Food Well Alliance is interested in projects that are deeply focused on one of the three strategic areas rather than broadly accomplishing all three.
- The grant is aimed at projects that can be completed in a 12-month period and evaluated to see what worked and what can be improved.
- Food Well Alliance is very interested in place-based partnerships: work that is done collaboratively with partners in the community.
- There are no limits on the portion of funding allocated for capacity building or overhead so be sure to value your time as part of the project budget.
- With that said, make sure to request only what you need. This is not the application that you should request more for in the hopes of getting more. Applications that can't justify their budgets will not be reviewed favorably.
- The sooner you start your application, the better! Food Well Alliance is using an online system where you can save your work as you go.
- If you need help with writing your application, check out the Foundation Center's resources for more information! They have articles, webinars, sample proposals, and regular classes on proposal writing.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 15 at 11:59pm