Food and Farming Recent Grants

  • Organic Growers School
    WNC Region
    Grant Amount: $25,000
    Fiscal Year 2021
    for general operating support, including support for programming that provides WNC farmers with individualized support, advanced education, and mentoring services to enhance farmer success and sustainability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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