2014 SEED Grant

The City of Madison 2014 Budget includes $50,000 in grant funds to be given out by the Madison Food Policy Council. The Madison Food Policy Council is encouraging community groups, projects, and other proposals devoted to making food more accessible. Any concept that improves the local food system will be considered.

Priority is given to those proposals that meet the following criteria:

  • Project or program is not currently or previously funded by the city of Madison;
  • The request for funding is limited to one year;
  • There is a demonstration that city funds will be matched by another source;
  • The requested amount is small to cover a short-term funding gap or to help a project get off of the ground;
  • And, the project or program makes improvements to the food system that can be tracked and measured.

Each proposal must address one of the "short-term programs/policies/actions" outlined in the Healthy Food for All Children 10-Year Plan. This plan, which was developed in 2012-2013 by Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin and United Way of Dane County, through support by the Goodman Foundation, outlines many different strategies to increase access to healthy foods for all children in Madison and Dane County.

Submit your grant applications to Food and Alcohol Policy Coordinator Mark Woulf at, or mailed/hand-delivered to 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Room 403, Madison, WI 53703. Applications submitted by standard mail must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Applications are due on Friday, February 7, 2014 by 1:00pm.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can call the Mayor's Office at (608) 266-4611

Madison Public Market

The City of Madison is considering developing a Madison Public Market (Market). Envisioned as the anchor of a dynamic food district with a mix of food aggregation, wholesale, and retail uses, the Market could become the epicenter of our region's food system. The Market would be an indoor, year-round facility that builds on and supports the Madison area's abundant local food system and numerous innovative food businesses and organizations. The City has already devoted energy toward the vision of a Market and Mayor Soglin has charged the Madison Local Food Committee continue developing this vision.