Food and Farming Recent Grants

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden
Yancey County
Grant Amount: $8,500
Fiscal Year 2020
to engage Taproot Consulting and Judy Futch Consulting to help the organization develop a 3-year strategic plan involving a participatory community engagement process and to build the capacity of board and staff to support the plan’s implementation.

Macon County Public Health (as the fiscal sponsor for MountainWise)
Buncombe, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Mitchell, Yancey, and Henderson Counties
Grant Amount: $50,000
Fiscal Year 2020
to support the Double Up Food Bucks program.

MANNA FoodBank
Avery, Mitchell, McDowell, Macon, Yancey, Buncombe, Madison, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania, Polk, Swain, Jackson, Graham, Clay, and Cherokee Counties
Grant Amount: $45,000
Fiscal Year 2020
to complete the annual program budget for the first full year of MANNA’s Community Market, its new mobile pantry and resource center.

McDowell Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC)
Burke, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford Counties
Grant Amount: $39,787
Fiscal Year 2020
to purchase a 15' x 10' walk-in cooler and pay for installation and set-up as part of the Foothills Food Hub, one of LFAC’s programs.

Organic Grower's School
WNC Region
Grant Amount: $20,000
Fiscal Year 2020
for a project through which twelve nonprofit, governmental, and educational organizations working on issues of food insecurity in WNC will join other food security organizations, growers, and community representatives working in Buncombe County and the WNC region to plan for a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient local food system.

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC)
WNC Region
Grant Amount: $30,000
Fiscal Year 2020
to support sustainable local agriculture at SAHC’s 135-acre Community Farm in Alexander through its Farmer Incubator Program, which offers land, infrastructure, equipment, training, and coaching for beginning farmers.

Toe River Aggregation Center Training Organization Regional (TRACTOR)
Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, and McDowell Counties
Grant Amount: $43,284
Fiscal Year 2020
to to expand the capacity of its multi-farm CSA program to reach a wider base of farmers and in turn provide the community with greater access to local food.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
WNC Region
Grant Amount: $120,000 over three years
Fiscal Year 2019
to expand farmers' direct sales by connecting farmers' markets to consumer demand for healthy eating.

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina
Polk and Rutherford Counties
Grant Amount: $15,000
Fiscal Year 2019
to study the agricultural landscape near the Tryon International Equestrian Center to identify and prioritize farmland conservation opportunities.

Macon County Public Health (as the fiscal sponsor for MountainWise)
Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, and Transylvania Counties
Grant Amount: $35,000
Fiscal Year 2019
to expand the Double Up Food Bucks program in Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, and Transylvania counties.

Organic Growers School
WNC Region
Grant Amount: $8,500
Fiscal Year 2019
to engage Kallan Strategic to assist in a strategic planning process.

Organic Growers School
WNC Region
Grant Amount: $25,000
Fiscal Year 2019
to continue programming that provides WNC farmers with individualized support, advanced education, and mentoring services that enhance farmer success and sustainability.

Toe River Aggregation Center Training Organization Regional Inc. (TRACTOR)
Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, and Yancey Counties
Grant Amount: $50,000
Fiscal Year 2019
to increase direct-to-consumer sales channels, as well as expand the types of food-related business and overall number of farmers that TRACTOR serves.

YMCA of Western North Carolina
Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and McDowell Counties
Grant Amount: $40,000
Fiscal Year 2019
to purchase a new box truck for its Healthy Living Mobile Market program.

Food and Farming Grant History