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Community Food Security Enhancement Grants

Grants to North Carolina Organizations to
Promote Local Food Production & Security

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Appalachian Foodshed Project, a collaboration between North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University; with funding by USDA's Agriculture, Food and Research Initiative (AFRI)

Deadline Date:

01/30/15 5:00 PM ET


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Grants totaling $18,000 to Western North Carolina community organizations, public agencies, and local groups working to improve community food security by promoting consumption, production or marketing of fresh locally grown foods, especially as meets the needs of low-income or other populations vulnerable to food insecurity.

These could be new or innovative projects or new and innovative additions to current projects. These projects should make a clear connection to improving community food security in your community.

Funds will support expenses directly related to the project such as travel funds (domestic travel only), labor costs, and project related materials.

North Carolina has $28,000 funding for this cycle and plans to fund, at most, 5 projects. A total of $18,000 is allocated for new projects, likely split between 2-3 grants. Continuation funds are available to previously awarded community enhancement grants of up to $10,000 split between projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150558

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

2 - 3

Term of Contract:

Funds will become available March 1 - 15, 2015. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2015.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from community organizations, public agencies, and groups working to improve community food security in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties.

Applicants must have a fiscal agent.

Funds will not support:
-Land purchases
-Match Individual Development Accounts funds
-Equipment purchases
-Compensate for injuries to persons or loss, theft, or damage to property during project activities
-Renovation or refurbishment of spaces
-The purchase or installation of fixed equipment in such spaces
-Planning, repair, rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of a building or facility
-Administrative costs not directly related to the project

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should complete the North Carolina application form and submit via email to by 5:00 PM on Friday January 30, 2015. Please use "AFP-CFSEG" as subject.

Award decisions will be made within 2 weeks of submission deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Michelle Schroeder-Moreno, NC Project Director
(919) 513-0085

NC State University, Department of Crop Science
2406 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620 USA

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina

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