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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 through education and outreach services. Individuals and organizations with smaller projects are especially encouraged to apply. In 2021, $20,000 was distributed to PIE Food Project Grant recipients. There are two different application categories: one for funding requests up to $4,000, and the other for requests up to $2,000. Priority will be given to projects serving Dane County communities outside the city of Madison and those that impact under-resourced or underrepresented communities within Madison.

Proposals should address one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Increase access to healthy food
  • Ease access to land for growing food
  • Address issues of food waste and recovery
  • Address food system issues affected by COVID-19

For additional information, and to view the 2021 PIE Food Project Grant awardees, please visit the Dane County Office of Equity & Inclusion website. Application materials for 2022 PIE Food Project Grants will be available in December 2021, and will be due in February 2022. You may submit the application electronically to or you may submit your application by mail/hand delivery. Applicants may contact the Tamara D. Grigsby Office for Equity and Inclusion at (608) 283-1391 for a paper application or if they have questions.

Attn: Manager of Policy and Program Improvement
The Tamara D. Grigsby Office for Equity and Inclusion
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 356
Madison, WI 53703

SEED Grant Program

For City of Madison community groups, don’t forget to check out the 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.