Community Food System Whole Measures Mini Grants Pilot Program

photo (20)Do you have an idea for an innovative community food systems project but lack the funds to get started?
The community food systems team invites you to apply for funds from the

Community Food System Whole Measures Mini Grants Pilot Program

UW-Cooperative Extension educators working with an existing or new interdisciplinary community food systems project are eligible and encouraged to apply for the NEW Community Food System Whole Measures Mini Grants Pilot Program.  Applicants need not be existing team members.  Funded projects will receive support with program development, implementation and evaluation using the Whole Measures framework and serve as case studies for interdisciplinary approaches to food systems work.  Funded projects will be expected to submit a case study report (form will be provided), present their project to the Community Food Systems team through a webinar or presentation at a face to face meeting, and adhere to guidelines and restrictions (see budget component of the application).  Although there is no maximum amount per request, the Community Food Systems Team is looking to fund projects that are approximately $1,000 – $3,000 in scope.

Successful proposals will:

  • Demonstrate innovative collaboration across multiple program areas, sectors, and disciplines (may include other county educators and or community partners)
  • Increase Cooperative Extension’s leadership in community food systems
  • Align with the Community Food System Team Purpose Vision and Values Statement
  • Align with one or more of the Whole Measures strategic evaluation framework fields:
    Justice and Fairness *  Healthy People * Strong Communities * Vibrant Farms and Gardens * Thriving Local Economies * Sustainable Ecosystems * Innovative Collaborations
  • Include a plan for measuring and reporting impact
  • Include a work plan and anticipated timeline realistic and achievable
  • Include a well thought out and feasible budget (there is no limitation on budget size)
  • Demonstrate support from/of additional resources (people, funding, etc.)

An ad-hoc committee comprised of individuals from the Community Food System Team coordinating committee and team members will review proposals.  Funded projects will be notified by August 1, 2014.  Priority will be given to proposals that leverage additional resources or those that would not be implemented without this mini-grant funding.  Projects may be submitted that span one fiscal year (August 2014- June 2015) or two fiscal years to accommodate the 2015 growing season (August 2014-June 2016).

Grant Review Team 2014

Richard Toebe, Agriculture Agent-Rusk Co

Judith Kennedy, 4-H Youth Development Agent-Juneau Co

Ariga Grigoryan, Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Agent-Sawyer Co

Victoria Solomon, Community Resource Development Educator-Green Co

Amy Korth, Nutrition Education and School Breakfast Specialist

Andrew Bernhardt, Community Food Systems Specialist & Grants Management Administrative Program Specialist

To submit your proposal:  Complete the attached proposal form and submit to ALL the team members listed below by Wednesday July 9, 2014 at 4 pm.

Samuel Pratsch,

Amber Canto,

Andrew Bernhardt,

Laura Brown,

Erin Peot,