Micro-Grant Program

The next cycle of micro-grants will be open in October 2018.  

In partnership with the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, Community Food Strategies is offering micro-grants of up to $3000 or $4000, depending on matching funds, to local food councils or networks in the NC network.            

2019 Grant Cycle Timeline will be coming soon.

2018 Grant Cycle Timeline

  • Proposals due: December 31, 2017, 5pm
  • Awards announced: January 15, 2018
  • Grant Period: March 2018 – February 2019

To Apply

Review the full application with more details.

Eligibility for the Micro-Grant Program

Food councils/networks in North Carolina are eligible to apply.  Click HERE for a map and list of existing or emerging food councils as of January 2017.

Food councils are not one-size-fits-all, and not all are called ‘councils.’ If you are a new council, are new to this network, or have questions about whether your cross-sector group qualifies to apply, please consider the definition of a food council here and then contact us at communityfoodstrategies@gmail.com.

More details regarding eligibility are included in the Micro-Grant application.

Funding Available

The funding allows for councils to apply for up to $3000. The grant amount could increase an additional $1000, totaling $4000, if a local community funder is/has committed to matching funds up to $1000 in 2017. Total grants awarded will equal up to $35,000.00 in this grant cycle (one year).

Program Goals

In order to build the effectiveness of the existing local food councils, these micro-grants will allow local councils to identify and acquire specific materials, trainings, and supplemental resources that are specific to each council’s current stage of development and activities.

The grant resources will be allocated based on alignment with proposal priorities listed in the grant application and these grant funding goals:

  • Deepen the leadership capacity of food council members
  • Expand the demographic diversity among food council leadership and membership to more fully represent the demographics of the community the council is accountable to [county, city, region]
  • Strengthen the network of local food councils across NC
  • Support shared measurement of food council impacts
  • Train food council/engaged community members in civic engagement, racial equity frameworks, and food systems leadership
  • Increase food sovereignty across NC communities, especially and foremost, those communities that are most affected by the existing challenges in the food system.

Community Food Strategies, in partnership with W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is committed to increasing the capacity of communities to reflect the voices of the most vulnerable and those most directly impacted by the challenges in the existing food system. Grant awards are intended to reflect the values of Community Food Strategies project and the overall goals of this micro-grant program listed above.

Examples of possible micro-grant uses include:

  • Supplementing or hiring staff, consultants, or interns to support local food council development and/or council operations
  • Conducting strategic planning or priority setting
  • Providing training for council members and/or general public on food councils, food systems, racial equity in the food system or related topics
  • Funding local food council members’ attendance at various educational events, such as:
    • NC Statewide or regional food council gatherings expenses
    • Trainings, regional gatherings of food councils
    • Site visits with local food councils in peer communities
    • Educational conferences (i.e.:)
      • CFSA Sustainable Agriculture Conference and/or pre-conference lay-persons policy training (reimbursement/retroactive)
      • Community Based Food Systems conference
  • Funding for council-led project(s):
    • Conducting community food systems baseline assessments
    • Hosting public forums, focus groups, candidate forums, community dinners, farm tours
    • Designing/developing a logo (inquire with Community Food Strategies about affordable ways other councils have created logos if interested; write communityfoodstrategies@gmail.com)
    • Creating promotional materials – brochures, postcards, signage, fliers, especially those that are re-useable


If you have questions, please contact us at communityfoodstrategies@gmail.com.

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