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Grants to Wisconsin Community Groups to Increase
Access to Healthy Foods in Eligible Regions

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City of Madison Mayor's Office

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03/02/20 Postmark deadline; Deadline for hand-delivered or emailed applications is 4:30 PM on 03/02/20.


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Wisconsin community groups to promote access to healthy foods in eligible regions. Funding is intended to improve the local food system. Priority will be given to programs that address food needs in under-represented and underserved communities. Proposals must benefit residents of the City of Madison.

Priority is given to proposals that:

  • Demonstrate financial need
    • Program is not currently funded by the City of Madison
    • If previously funded through SEED or the City of Madison, program is an expansion of previous application and there is demonstrated program success and effort made to increase funding from other sources / create sustainability in the program
  • Address racial equity and social justice (see the City of Madison RESJ Initiative at
    • Program can demonstrate positive impact on communities of color and/or low-income populations and account for disparate impact in a demonstrable way
    • The program targets key Food Access Improvement areas of Madison
    • Program involves collaboration with community members
  • Include a plan for evaluation of program success and impact
    • Program makes food access or food insecurity improvements that can be tracked and measured

Note: The Healthy Food for All Children 10-year Plan is a document developed in 2012, which provides strategies on community food systems work as it relates to food insecurity and food access, which applicants may find useful. See Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150357

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of any one grant will be $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Madison Food Policy Council is encouraging community groups to apply for SEED Grants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The 2020 pre-submission SEED Grants information meeting will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 in Room 302 of the Central Library (201 W Mifflin Street) at 6:00PM.

Any potential applicants interested in learning more about the application process for SEED Grants are encouraged to attend.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due: Monday, March 2nd, 2020 by 4:30pm. Applications submitted via standard mail must be postmarked no later than: Thursday, February 27th, 2020.

SEED Grants Information Presentation Video Recording: For potential applicants who are looking for more information on the SEED grants program and how to apply, please view the recording at, which provides an overview on the program and walks through the application process.

Contact Information:

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

Submit your application to the Mayor's Office via email ( by mail or hand-delivered (210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 403), c/o George Reistad, Food Policy Director

Contact Food Policy
Mayor's Office
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 403
Madison, WI 53703
George Reistad, Director of Food Policy
Phone: (608) 266-4611

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: City of Madison


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