SEED Grants

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2017 SEED Grant

The City of Madison 2017 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 funded by the City of Madison;
  • If previously funded through SEED or the City of Madison, project or program is new or a clear expansion of previous application;
  • The request for funding is limited to one year;
  • There is a demonstration that city funds will be matched by another source;
  • Multiple groups or organizations are collaborating on the project or program;
  • The project or program can demonstrate positive impact on minority and/or low-income populations and account for disparate impact in a demonstrable way;
  • The requested amount is intended 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.

Please provide a cover letter with your application that explains why you are submitting the proposal, how your proposal would increase food access in our community, and how your proposal meets the criteria listed above.

Pre-Submission SEED Grant Information Meeting

The pre-submission meeting will be held onTuesday, January 31st at 6:00pm at the Catholic Multicultural Center located at 1862 Beld St., Madison WI 53713

Meet and eat

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a pre-submittal meeting to discuss the grant application and explore potential collaboration opportunities with other organizations in attendance.

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.

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Submit your application to the Mayor's Office via email ( by mail or hand-delivered (210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 403), c/o George Reistad, Food  Policy Director; applications are due: Friday, February 24, 2017 by 1:00pm Applications submitted via standard mail must be postmarked no later than: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 .

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