Slow Food Utah Micro-Grants

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The Board of Slow Food Utah is pleased to announce that we are accepting 2014 micro-grant applications now through February 15th. Please read the following information carefully before you apply. You may download the application form here: Slow Food Utah Micro-grant Application Form.

Program Goals

We have created a Slow Food Utah micro-grant program in order to fill gaps that we see in traditional funding sources for local food-related projects, especially for small-scale food growers and producers, community innovators, and educators.

Program Support

Once each year, Slow Food Utah holds its annual Feast of Five Senses fundraiser. All net proceeds from our annual fundraiser are designated for this micro-grant program. The grants have also been generously supported by Sysco Intermountain, Bogs Footwear, and additional private donors. We welcome additional financial contributions at any time, in any amount, to help continue this effort. One hundred percent of all direct financial contributions will be given out as micro-grants, since our local chapter is entirely volunteer-run.

Who can apply for a grant?

Any individual, small business, or non-profit committed to Slow Food International principles of good, clean, fair food, cultural diversity, and conviviality. A list of past recipients to date is available here.

What kinds of projects qualify?

High priorities include food-related projects that help increase or enhance:

  • local skills, knowledge, and capacity,
  • the production and availability of locally produced foods,
    (especially artisanal, Ark of Taste, wildcrafted, heirloom, or sustainably produced),
  • regional and cultural food traditions,
  • taste or youth education, including school and community gardens and urban farming and food initiatives.

Please contact us directly before you fill out a complete application if you want to find out if an idea might fit.

What are some specific examples?

Funding to cover travel costs to attend a regional or national conference about Slow Food or sustainable agriculture that relates directly to your business, teaching, or education.

Funding to cover travel costs to attend a workshop or apprentice with an expert in your food specialty (cheese-making, heirloom fruit or vegetable growing, baking, market farming, CSA operations, etc.)

Funding to support agricultural biodiversity, including the purchase of seeds and equipment related to producing a crop or breed of livestock, especially if it is:

  • on the Ark of Taste,
  • an existing or new Presidia project, (local projects that work to improve the infrastructure of artisan food production),
  • on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy watch list,
  • another open-pollinated/heirloom variety,
  • a food important to the cultural traditions of native or immigrant communities in Utah, or
  • another local food crop or tradition at risk.

Funding to enhance your farm or operation that enhances sustainability, such as projects to address energy efficiency, transition to certified naturally grown, organic, or biodynamic (including initial certification costs) or invest in equipment or supplies that will enhance your operation and opportunities.

Funding to help start an urban garden or micro-farm as a community development or educational program.

How do I apply?

At this time, grants proposals are accepted once a year, generally mid-January to mid-February. Awards are announced by April 1.

To apply, download a copy of the Slow Food Utah Microgrant Application Form, follow the detailed instructions, and be sure to fill out the form completely. To submit your completed application, email to slowfoodutah@xmission.com.

Tips:

  • Use “Save As” and re-name the blank application file with a new, unique name before you start filling it out.
  • Be clear, specific, and concise about your project and include a detailed and realistic budget. You can also include letters of support and other documentation.

While we must be careful stewards of our limited funding, we don’t mean for this to be a burdensome process. If you have any questions or need help, contact us at slowfoodutah@xmission.com.

Do I need to be a Slow Food USA member?

Members will be given priority, but anyone can apply. To join Slow Food USA, click here. Joining Slow Food USA makes you a member of your local chapter.

When are applications due?

At this point, micro-grants are awarded once a year. Applications for 2014 grants will accepted between January 16 and midnight, February 15. Applications will then be reviewed by a selection committee. The full Slow Food Utah board votes on final grant decisions after considering the committee recommendations. If you apply, you will be notified as to whether or not you have been awarded funding as soon as possible, by April 1 at the latest.

How much funding can I request?

The maximum grant request is $2,000 but most awards are in the $500-1,000 range. We strongly encourage you to seek matching funds from other private, government and/or foundation sources. This grant can be used as a match, too. The grants are quite competitive and due to funding constraints we are only able to support a few of the many worthy projects that are submitted.

Please read the Micro-grant application form carefully before you apply.