Apply now (Aplicar en Español)! Applications are open through Friday, July 22, 2022.


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Are you working to address food-related inequities in the Austin area? The Food Justice Mini Grants program is seeking applicants leading transformative change in our food system — from the fields to our forks.

Grants of up to $3,000 are available to support community-driven solutions led by people most negatively impacted by the food system. These Food Justice Mini Grants are intended to support communities in their efforts to grow, sell, and eat healthy food.

 

"We [were] running on fumes and needed help from the Mini Grant program to help us continue to do the food justice and health education work we love to do in our community."

— Angela Medearis, The Kitchen Diva Health Outreach

 

What is food justice?

We define food justice broadly as movements that are advocating for transformational change around how our food moves from the fields to our forks. This includes the concept of food sovereignty or the right of communities to define their own food and agriculture systems.

 

Who should apply?

Applicants may represent non-profits, schools, for-profit businesses, homeowner associations, faith-based groups, grassroots initiatives, and more. The most successful applications will be led by those most impacted by inequities in the food system with a demonstrable history or potential to execute their goals.

We encourage applications from organizations applying an intersectional and equity lens and leading transformative change within the communities they represent.

Proposals may include ongoing organizational work or new programs. Examples include, but are not limited to: 

  • Innovative food production methods
  • Fresh food markets or affordable food retail
  • Workforce development in the food supply chain
  • Low-cost home meal or grocery delivery services 
  • Community events centered on food systems or food justice

 

Ready to apply?

Applications can be completed online (complete su aplicación en español) by Friday, July 22, 2022. Organizations selected for funding will be notified by August 29, 2022.

If you have any questions about the program or would prefer to complete a print application, please contact sustainability@austintexas.gov or 512-974-5603.

 

Join the Evaluation Committee!

The Office of Sustainability is looking for community members to work alongside City staff to review applications and determine which organizations receive grant funding. Let us know if you’re interested here. Let us know if you’re interested here.


Meet our former grant recipients

Beet IconEl Buen Samaritano

Twice a week, El Buen Samaritano provides dry goods and fresh fruits and vegetables to 150-180 families in Austin. With the help of the Food Justice Mini Grant, El Buen Samaritano amplified its food access services to those in need.

Carrot IconMulticultural Refugee Coalition

The Multicultural Refugee Coalition trains and employs refugee farmers through their New Leaf Agriculture program. With the help of the Food Justice Mini Grant, the Coalition was able to expand access to fresh, organic produce to refugee families in Austin. 

Read more about last year’s grant recipients.