Food and Farming Recent Grants

  • Macon County Public Health (as the fiscal sponsor for MountainWise)
    Buncombe, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Madison, and Rutherford counties
    Grant Amount: $41,000
    Fiscal Year 2021
    to support the continuation of the Double Up Food Bucks program in Buncombe, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Madison, and Rutherford counties.
  • 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.
  • Organic Growers School (on behalf of the WNC Food Justice Planning Initiative)
    WNC Region
    Grant Amount: $20,000
    Fiscal Year 2021
    to fund the second phase of this collaborative regional project to create a thriving and resilient local food system with food justice for all in WNC.
  • The Utopian Seed Project
    WNC Region
    Grant Amount: $30,000
    Fiscal Year 2021
    to assist with general operating expenses in order to develop a regional seed hub that can support, encourage, and celebrate a diverse food system of regionally-adapted crops.
  • 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.

Food and Farming Grant History