What is place-based collaboration?

Place-based collaboration is a group of two or more organizations that work or live in the same neighborhood their project serves, and that leverage each other’s unique work in that community.

My partner organization works in a nearby neighborhood, but is not "place-based." Can I still apply?

Yes. However, priority will be given to organizations who are working strategically with partners in the same neighborhood.

What is a systemic solution?

Systemic means affecting most or all of a system rather than a small portion of the system. A systemic solution for Food Well Alliance affects most or all five parts of the local food system-- production, processing, distribution, consumption and recovery. 

What is a community-based organization?

A community-based organization is a nonprofit (including a church or religious entity) or enterprise that is representative of a community or a significant segment of a community, and is engaged in meeting human, educational, or environmental community needs.

How do you define local?

There are many definitions of "local" food. Food Well Alliance works in five counties: Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett. We support local production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste recovery in these five counties.

How do I apply?

You can access the Local Food Grant through this website. Once you have reviewed all of the grant guidelines and restrictions, and are certain your project aligns with our priorities, review the process and follow the "Start Application Here" button. This takes you to our online grants management system, where you can register your organization and begin the online application.

How do I use the budget template in the application?

Click here to access a step-by-step tutorial for those of you new to Excel.

Our organization has never received funding from Food Well Alliance. Before submitting a request, may we discuss our work with your staff to see if we are a fit for your grant programs?

Due to staff limitations we are not able to meet with potential applicants. We encourage all potential applicants to review our Local Food Grant Recipients to better understand the types of organizations we fund. If, after visiting our website, you have additional questions, email Food Well Alliance directly at grants@foodwellalliance.org.

My organization does not have 501(c)3 status yet but we do have a fiscal sponsor. Am I still eligible to apply?

No. Food Well Alliance only accepts applications from organizations with proof of 501(c)3 non-profit public charity status, registered businesses in the State of Georgia, or public entities with IRC section 170(c)1 status. 

My organization is not ready to apply this year, when will the next RFP be announced?

Our Local Food Grant is announced annually. The next RFP will be issued in Summer 2018.

How soon after applying can I expect to hear back?

You will receive an email notification when your application is successfully received in our grant system. If you are selected for a site visit, you will be contacted in October 2017. Award decisions will be announced in December 2017.  

Can I apply for both the Local Food Grant and a Collaborative Design Initiative?

Yes, an organization can apply for the Local Food Grant and submit a letter of interest to our next Collaborative Design Initiative when it is made available.

I am a current Local Food Grant recipient, am I eligible to apply?

No, if you received a Local Food Grant in 2017, your organization is not eligible to apply.

Who decides which organizations will get funded?

Food Well Alliance conducts an internal review comprised of staff and convenes an external Local Food Review Committee to evaluate proposals. 

How can I learn more about the application process?

Food Well Alliance will host an online webinar on August 16, 2017 at 4:00pm to go over the 2018 Local Food Grant process. Click here to register. Informational sessions will take place in all five counties in August. Check back here for dates and locations.