Madison Food Policy Council Launches 2014 SEED Grants

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 2:36pm

The City of Madison Food Policy Council announces the inaugural SEED Grant cycle to address food access issues in our community.  SEED Grants are small grants designed to support new and recently emerging projects or programs that support access to healthy food in our community.
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 any organization, group, or agency to apply that are devoted to making food more accessible.  Any proposal that improves the local food system will be considered.  The maximum of any one grant will be limited to $10,000. 
Earlier this year, the United Way of Dane County, the Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin, and the Goodman Foundation released a 10-year plan to increase access to fresh and healthy food for all children in Dane County.  The Healthy Food for All Children 10-year Plan outlines many different strategies and objectives to accomplish this goal, including both short and long-term policies, programs, and actions.  The Madison Food Policy Council is requesting that applications for the grant funding address one of the “short-term program programs/policies/actions” outlined in the plan that can be found on the United Way of Dane County website
Those interested should go to the City of Madison website for the grant application guidelines and application form.  Applications are due on Friday, February 7, 2014 by 1:00pm and should be submitted to Food and Alcohol Policy Coordinator Mark Woulf at or mailed/hand-delivered to the Mayor’s Office at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Room 403, Madison, WI 53703.
The applications will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the Madison Food Policy Council in February 2014.  Decisions will be announced in late February or early March.  Additional questions can be directed to the Mayor’s Office, (608) 266-4611.