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Micro-Grant Program

2019 Grant Cycle Timeline

  • Proposals due: December 17, 2018, 5pm
  • Awards announced: late January 2019
  • Grant Period: March 2019 – February 2020

To Apply

Review the full application with more details.

Eligibility for the Micro-Grant Program

Food councils/networks in North Carolina are eligible to apply.  Click link below for a map and list of existing or emerging food councils as of January 2018.

Food councils are not one-size-fits-all, and not all are called ‘councils.’ If you are a new council, are new to this network, or have questions about whether your cross-sector group qualifies to apply, please consider the definition of a food council click button below and then contact us at

More details regarding eligibility and council expectations are included in the Micro-Grant application linked above.

Funding Available

Total grants awarded will equal up to $35,000.00 in this grant cycle (one year).

The funding allows for councils to apply for up to $3000, or up to $4000 with a $1,000 matching fund commitment.

With documentation of a commitment of $1,000 from a community foundation, local unit of government or other funding source toward the work of your council in your proposal, we will match up to an additional $1000, if funded.  *These matching funds must be awarded before Dec 15, 2018.

Program Goals

In order to build the effectiveness of the existing local food councils, these micro-grants will allow local councils to identify and acquire materials, trainings, and supplemental resources that are specific to each council’s current stage of development and activities.

The grant resources will be allocated based on alignment with proposal priorities listed in the grant application and these grant funding goals:

  • Deepen the leadership capacity of food council members
  • Expand the demographic diversity among food council leadership and membership to more fully represent the demographics of the community the council is accountable to [county, city, region]
  • Strengthen the network of local food councils across NC
  • Support shared measurement of food council impacts
  • Train food council/engaged community members in civic engagement, racial equity frameworks, and food systems leadership
  • Increase food sovereignty across NC communities, especially and foremost, those communities that are most affected by the existing challenges in the food system.

Community Food Strategies, in partnership with W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is committed to increasing the capacity of communities to reflect the voices of the most vulnerable and those most directly impacted by the challenges in the existing food system. Grant awards are intended to reflect the values of Community Food Strategies project and the overall goals of this micro-grant program listed above.

Examples of possible micro-grant uses include:

  • Supplementing or hiring staff, consultants, volunteer service members, or interns to support local food council development and/or council operations.
  • Conducting strategic planning or priority setting
  • Providing training for council members and/or general public on food councils, food systems, racial equity in the food system or related topics
  • Funding local food council members’ attendance at various educational events, such as:
  • Funding for council-led project(s):
        • Conducting community food systems baseline assessments
        • Hosting public forums, focus groups, candidate forums, community dinners
        • Designing/developing a logo or other promotional materials – brochures, postcards, signage, fliers, especially those that are re-useable
        • Participating in the Local Food Online Certificate Program Tuition –


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