Apply to Receive a Community Enrichment Grant from Slow Food Middle Tennessee

Deadline to Submit: December 14

SFMTN is currently accepting grant applications from food-related entities in Middle Tennessee whose work embodies the Slow Food mission of “good, clean, and fair food for all.” We aim to support local organizations that meet a clear community need, represent a diversity of people and causes, and contribute to those who will efficiently use the funds.

Applicants might include farmers, food truck owners, restaurateurs, food shop owners, school and community garden coordinators, entrepreneurs, or other individuals/organizations.

Here’s how Trap Garden, an organization that helps empower low-income communities through community gardens and the promotion of healthy eating, utilized the $1,000 Blossom Award it received in 2017:

“We partnered with The West Nashville Dream Center to help revitalize their garden space and provide more access and educational programs to community members. The grant allowed us the opportunity to purchase materials such as soil, wood, and plants to rebuild the space over a 4-week period.  It was a rainy day [at the launch event] but we were still able to have over 40 volunteers planting and serving the community.” – Rob “Veggies” Horton

We are excited to announce that we are expanding our grant program in 2018 after a successful year of fundraising. We will be awarding a total of $4,000 with grants available in three different amounts:

  • Blossom Award ($1,000) — TWO available in 2018.

  • Sprout Award ($500) — TWO available in 2018.

  • Seed Award ($250) — FOUR available in 2018.

Deadline to Submit: Friday, December 14, 2018

How to Submit:
A template for the application is below. Send an email including an attachment of your application to Please use the following format in the email’s subject line: 2018 Community Enrichment Grant, Applicant’s Name, Applicant’s Organization.

Please also attach a letter of reference that is no more than one page in length from a professional or personal source. This letter needs to state the nature of your relationship and how the applicant's business promotes “good, clean, and fair food” in the Middle Tennessee region.

Application Template

  • Your name and contact information:

  • Name of organization or program, years in existence, and the name of any business partners:
    In 250 words or less, describe your organization and why it matters to Middle Tennessee’s food scene. What niche or need do you fill?

  • In 250 words or less, tell us what you plan to do with money awarded. State what level of funding ($250, $500, $1000) you are requesting.

** If selected to receive an enrichment grant, you agree to provide brief 6-month and 12-month written updates (including photos, if possible) about how the grant helped further your project goals.