Slow Food Denver Micro-Grant Program

Slow Food Denver is relaunching it’s Micro-Grant Program this spring, a program that supports local, sustainable food projects. Our goal is to provide funding for local growers, producers and community non-profits in the greater Denver area that aim to better Colorado’s food system and support the needs of the communities they serve. This year, in its continuing effort to support local growers and producers, Whole Foods Market and GrowLocal Colorado have committed the funding to finance the 2017 Slow Food Denver Micro-Grant program.

This year, Slow Food Denver, Whole Foods Market and Grow Local Colorado will select three finalists from numerous applicants to receive micro-grants from $1,500 to $4,000, furthering the work of food-focused organizations in the Denver Metro area. Each finalist will be invited to share their story at a community dinner organized by Slow Food Denver, where guests will vote to determine how the funding is distributed.

Slow Food members and the community are invited to join the decision making process by attending the dinner.

Applications are due by March 31, 2017.

History

Slow Food Denver launched its first Micro-Grant Program under the title of C.A.F.E. in 2011, with the intent of building community through art, food, and education. Our first venture was the Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. Micro-Grant project. As a result, over the past six years we have successfully awarded $35,000 in micro-grants to support local, sustainable food projects.

Quotes from past recipients

"Funding received from Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. Microgrant has been integral in getting the farm and programming up and running at Sprout City Farms' Mountair Park Community Farm. "

− Sprout City Farms

"We thought the event was a great way to tell the story of Growing Colorado Kids and relate to interested people…we even got a few volunteers from our evening with Slow Food!"

− Growing Colorado Kids

"We are proud and grateful to have been a recipient."

− Denver Food Rescue