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Dane County Food Council

Partners in Equity Food Project Grants

The Partners in Equity (PIE) Food Project Grant program was envisioned by the Dane County Food Council as seed money to encourage the innovative development of projects that advance equity and access in local food systems across Dane County. PIE grants have been offered annually since 2018, through a partnership between the Dane County Tamara D. Grigsby Office for Equity and Inclusion and Dane County Food Council. The grants are intended for projects that will provide the greatest impacts in strengthening our food system and cultivating community engagement and access.

Individuals and organizations with smaller projects are especially encouraged to apply. There are two different application categories: one for funding requests up to $4,000, and the other for requests up to $2,000. In 2024, $40,000 is available for PIE Food Project Grants.

Priority will be given to projects that have the greatest impact on our most vulnerable populations, who are underrepresented and/or underserved within our food system. There is also a priority for applicants who’ve not previously received PIE Food Project Grant funding and projects serving Dane County communities outside of the City of Madison.

Proposals should address one or more of the following Dane County Food Council (DCFC) goals:

  • Increase access to healthy, local, culturally-relevant food
  • Strengthen regional agriculture and ease access to land for growing food
  • Decrease food waste and loss via recovery and redistribution of good quality rescued foods
  • Enhance community voice in local food system development

*Now accepting 2024 applications! Deadline is Monday, February 26, 2024.*
Visit the Dane County Office of Equity & Inclusion website to apply and access additional information (including previous PIE Food Project Grant awardees). 

Application materials are typically distributed in mid-January; due in late February. Please contact Jess Guffey Calkins if you have questions about the PIE Food Project Grants.

City of Madison SEED Grant Program

If your project only serves communities within the City of Madison, we encourage you to apply instead for a City of Madison SEED Grant opportunity! This program has $50,000 in funding. Any proposal that improves the local food system and makes food more accessible for City of Madison residents will be considered.