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Slow Food Micro-Grant

Grants to Utah Individuals, Small Businesses, and
Nonprofits for Projects Related to Food and Nutrition

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Grants of up to $2000 to Utah individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations for community projects related to food and nutrition. Applicants must submit an LOI before submitting a full grant application. Funding areas of interest include increasing the availability of locally-produced foods, promoting local food traditions, and enhancing youth education.

This program was created in order to fill gaps that are seen in traditional funding sources for local food-related projects, especially for small-scale food growers and producers, community innovators, and educators.

High priorities include projects that help increase or enhance:

  • Local skills and capacity,
  • The availability of locally produced foods (especially artisanal, Ark of Taste, wildcrafted, heirloom, or sustainably produced),
  • Regional and cultural food traditions,
  • Taste or youth education

Funding criteria:

Applicants must:

  • Clearly communicate the intended goals for the project
  • Fit within the mission of Slow Food Utah
  • Serve a community need
  • Possess experience and knowledge in order to finish the project
  • Define long-term sustainability of the project

Priority is given to projects based on the following criteria:

  • First time applicant
  • Serves a rural, underserved or vulnerable population
  • Serves a Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) community
  • Lacks access to other resources for support
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Slow Food values. Examples of a demonstrated commitment to Slow Food Values include, but are not limited to:
    • Sustainable agriculture practices (water and natural resource conservation, reduction of fossil fuel use, integrated pest management, composting, biodiversity, organic practices, etc)
    • Multi-generation family farms
    • Preservation of historic farmland
    • Growing Ark of Taste seed varieties and/or raising endangered breeds
    • Eradication of invasive species and noxious weeds
    • Protecting and supporting healthy populations of honeybees and other pollinators
    • Contributing to a local food economy
    • Participating in Food For Change campaigns to fight climate change

What the Foundation funds:

Initiatives that support Utah's local food system. For example:

  • Farm and garden supplies/tools that increase efficiency and/or sustainable practices,
  • Initiatives to support or increase food security and access,
  • Professional training registration fees,
  • Education materials, and
  • Community food events

Funding is intended to provide good, clean, fair food for all. For more information about the mission and values of Slow Food Utah, see the application link in Contact Information below.

For Application Ranking, see page 2 of the microgrant application instructions and scoring rubric (link in Supporting Documents, below).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143560

Estimated Size of Grant:

- At this time the maximum grant request is $2000.
- Most micro-grants are less than the maximum amount.
- Partial funding is common.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Any individual, small business, or non-profit committed to Slow Food International principles of good, clean, fair food, cultural diversity, and conviviality. Community groups and locally-owned small businesses including educators, farmers, food artisans, community garden leaders, ranchers, etc. are also eligible.
- Previous grant recipients may apply again, however, due to limited funds, applications from new projects may be given priority.

What the Foundation does not fund:
Consultation fees, salaries/labor costs, marketing supplies, personal projects with no demonstrated community benefit, proof of concept or research projects, electronic equipment, travel costs (hotel, airfare, gas, etc.) equipment/materials that do not support sustainable agriculture practices.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: January 31

Beginning January 1, and through January 31, you can apply for a microgrant. No applications will be accepted before January 1, or after January 31.

- Before applying, send an email to Slow Food with your intent to apply.
- For an application checklist, see Supporting Documents, below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email LOI to:

Apply here:

Slow Food Utah
P.O. Box 581213 UT
Salt Lake City,
UT 84158-1213

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Geographic Focus:

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