Applications for our 2019 Local Food Grant closed on September 16, 2018.

Urban farmers and their community food-producing spaces are the core of Atlanta's food system. These farmers are educators, community builders and our city's greatest environmental stewards, and they work hard to make a living nourishing Atlanta's communities. Without these strong, viable, productive urban farms in our rapidly growing city, our communities lose touch with where our food comes from, leading us to make poor eating choices and separating us from our food system and from each other.

Through the 2019 Local Food Grant, we will directly invest in farmers and their community farms by supporting items like farm infrastructure, supplies, materials, labor, and professional services to scale the viability of their enterprise. Urban farmers in the 5-county metro Atlanta region are invited to apply for funding, up to $25,000 each, to support their farms and growing operations.  

We will award up to $125,000 through the 2019 Local Food Grant.
Local Food Grant awards will be announced on December 17, 2018.


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  • Food Well Alliance will make one-year grants for up to $25,000 to those who propose a compelling and detailed project that aims to measurably increase food production and financial viability of the farm enterprise.

  • The Local Food Grant offers project and operating support to urban farms located in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.

  • Only farms with 501(c)3 status, a registered business in the state of Georgia, or operated by a public entity with IRC section 170(c)1 status are eligible to apply.

  • Proof of land ownership or a lease agreement is required.

Areas NOT Funded:

  • Projects outside Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties

  • Projects that do NOT incorporate food produced in 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

Click here to review our Frequently Asked Questions before submitting your application. Please also review our list of current grant recipients to learn more about the types of organizations Food Well Alliance supports.

Don't miss our informational webinar on August 9th! You can register for access: Informational Webinar.

The webinar offers helpful tips for completing the Local Food Grant application and also helps applicants think through how their current work around local food or future local food projects align with this funding opportunity.

Webinar attendees can also learn more about using the online grant system to complete and submit their application and hear about the Food Well Alliance funding priorities for this opportunity.

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.