Community Enrichment Grant

Inspired by the work of Slow Food Middle Tennessee, Slow Food Tennessee Valley launched our own community enrichment grant program in 2019 to support local food-related entities whose work supports the greater mission of Slow Food USA: Good, Clean, and Fair Food for All.

Applicants can include farmers, restaurant and food truck owners, school and community garden coordinators, nonprofits working for food justice and access, food entrepreneurs, chefs, educators, and more. This is an opportunity for the community to highlight all the wonderful things going on in our slice of Tennessee.

The Slow Food Tennessee Valley board, along with two additional outside reviewers, will strive to grant applicants who meet a community need; represent the diversity of East Tennessee (counties within the Eastern Grand Division); will use the funds efficiently; and whose work embodies the ideals of Slow Food.

For the grant program’s inaugural year, a total of $3000 in funds, primarily raised through the Pesto Festo dinner and silent auction, were awarded in increments of $250 and $500.

Applications are closed. 

Six $500 grants will be awarded for the 2020 Community Enrichment Grant. Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2019 through 11:55 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 31, 2020. All applicants will be notified by the end of February and funds will be transferred to the grantees in March 2020. Grant recipients will be asked to supply a photograph of themselves and their projects for use on social media before the recipients are announced. Previous recipients can reapply in the second year after a successful application (e.g. 2019 recipients can reapply in 2021).