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 Knoxville, Knox County, and the surrounding counties; 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. We plan to match or increase that award in 2020.
Applications for the 2019 Grant are currently closed. Applications for 2020 will open on December 1, 2019.