2015 CFS Whole Measures Mini-Grant Program

The 2015 CFS Whole Measures Mini-Grant Program is now requesting proposals.

UW-Cooperative Extension educators working with an existing or new interdisciplinary community food systems project are eligible and encouraged to apply for the 2015 Community Food System Whole Measures Mini Grants 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 realistic and achievable work plan with anticipated timeline
  • 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 in August 2015.  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 2015- June 2016) or two fiscal years to accommodate the 2016 growing season (July 2016- end of growing season in 2016).

To submit your proposal:  Complete the proposal form and submit to ALL the committee members listed below by Friday July 31, 2015 at 4 pm.

Carrie Edgar, edgar@countyofdane.com

Joy Schelble, joy.schelble@ces.uwex.edu

Samuel Pratsch, samuel.pratsch@ces.uwex.edu

Andrew Bernhardt, andrew.bernhardt@ces.uwex.edu


2015 Mini Grants Review Team

  • Jess Calkins –  Dane County – 4-H Youth Development
  • Gretchen Kanable – Richland County – Richland Center School District
  • Christy Marsden – Rock County  – Horticulture ANRE
  • Amber Canto – Madison-based State Specialist – Family Living
  • Ariga Grigoryan – Sawyer County – CNRED
  • Victoria Solomon – Green County – CNRED