Request for Proposals

Food Well Alliance seeks to fund initiatives that strengthen Metro Atlanta’s local food system.  This year we are looking for programs that are making systemic impacts in three strategic areas: sustainable economic development, health and wellness and environmental stewardship.

As the demand for local food increases and local farming enterprises take root, Atlanta is ripe with opportunities. Community-based organizations are developing innovative ways to get fresh, locally-grown food into their neighborhoods. Entrepreneurs are building local compost production to provide healthy soil for urban growers and local farmers. These organizations and their work are essential to restoring our relationship to nature and building a resilient local food system across Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett and Clayton counties. 

Through our 2016 Local Food Grant, Food Well Alliance seeks to strengthen the local food system by investing $350,000 in place-based collaborations and systemic solutions that address one of the following priorities:

Impact

Health and Nutrition

1. Enhance productivity and viability
of local farming enterprises

At the root of a resilient local food system are productive and viable farms.  Increased food production (supply) fuels the local economy, which includes job creation and a robust local market. Food Well Alliance seeks to fund local farming enterprises with a social mission to increase vitality in their communities.

   Economic Development

2. Increase access to fresh, healthy food
produced locally

Local farmers and food-focused organizations have a unique opportunity to collaborate and meet the demand for healthy, nutritious foods. Food Well Alliance seeks to fund organizations that leverage locally grown food to increase availability, affordability, and awareness of healthier choices.

Environmental Stewardship

3. Increase food waste recovery and composting that directly supports sustainable farming practices

A significant step in the food lifecycle is the rebirth of food scraps into nutrient-dense compost to improve soil for our local farms. Food Well Alliance seeks to fund organizations that divert food waste from landfills, and instead, creates compost for local farming and urban growing.




Process


Guidelines

The Local Food Grant offers project support to non-profit organizations, social enterprises, and businesses that are strengthening the local food system in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.

Food Well Alliance will make one-year grants for up to $25,000 to those who propose a compelling and detailed project that successfully impacts one of our funding priorities. Only organizations with 501(c)3 status or a registered business in the state of Georgia are eligible to apply.

While our broad goal is to build a sustainable local food system in Metro Atlanta, Food Well Alliance focuses on community-based approaches. Applicants who demonstrate collaboration through engaging placed-based partners in their community will be given priority.

We will only consider proposals from organizations that are using LOCAL food as a transformational tool to build healthier communities in Metro Atlanta.

Areas NOT Funded:

  • Projects outside Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties
  • Projects that do NOT incorporate food produced in and sourced from Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties
  • Research, litigation or legal expenses
  • Projects in which the primary activity is the production of a film, video, or publication (although these can be part of a project or program)
  • Projects in which the primary activity is a conference, workshop, or seminar
  • Partisan political activities
  • Religious organizations for general operating support, sanctuary construction/renovation or mission-focused work. However, we do consider requests from religious organizations with 501(c)3 status to provide project-specific programs related to local food or local farming, and are not limited to a specific religious affiliation

Please review our list of current grantees, to learn more about the types of organizations Food Well Alliance supports.

Applications are to be submitted through our on-line grant management system.
To learn more about our online system, please click here for a tutorial.


Deadlines & Key Dates

  • The deadline to apply for the Local Food Grant is December 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST
  • An online webinar and informational trainings in each county will be held during the month of November 2015. Dates and locations to be announced.
  • Awards will be announced in February 2016
  • Grant projects start in March 2016