Local Foods Grant Opportunity

The Central Appalachian Network is now taking applications for its 2013 Small Grants Program:

CAN’s small grants program is designed to increase the capacity of our partner organizations across Central Appalachia to strengthen and connect food-based value chains in their sub-regions, as well as to connect these partners across the region for mutual learning and support.

Over the past three years, we’ve supported 15 non-profit organizations, social enterprises, and groups of entrepreneurs with 19 one-year grants of $5,000 to $15,000. Among other projects, these grants have funded the purchase of processing, aggregation, and distribution equipment for meat, grain, and produce value chains, supported trainings and workshops for vegetable producers, and allowed CAN partners to serve as anchors for sub-regional local food networks. Learn more about last year’s grantees here.

We are now accepting applications for the 2013 Small Grants Program. We expect to award 7-10 grants ranging from $5000 to $15,000 each. Due to the generous support of the One Foundation, West Virginia applicants only may request up to $20,000 each.

Organizations located in the Appalachian countiesof Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and throughout West Virginia are welcome to apply. Organizations without non-profit 501(c)3 status will need to apply in conjunction with a fiscal sponsor.

In order to apply, please download the complete request for proposals here: CAN Small Grants RFP

All applications should be submitted by email to can@cannetwork.org no later than 5:00 pm Eastern on Friday, December 21st, 2012.

The 2013 Small Grants Program is supported by the Ford Foundation, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, and the blue moon fund, with special support for our West Virginia grantees from the One Foundation.