City of Madison SEED Grants
The City of Madison 2019 Budget includes $50,000 in grant funds to be distributed by the Madison Food Policy Council. The Madison Food Policy Council is encouraging community groups to apply for SEED Grants. Any proposal that improves the local food system and makes food more accessible for City of Madison residents will be considered.
Additionally, the Dane County Office of Equity and Inclusion launched their Partners in Equity (PIE) Food Grants in 2018. The PIE Food Grants are set to open in mid-late January 2019 and will close on March 1, 2019. Interested organizations, especially organizations located outside of the City of Madison, are strongly encouraged to explore and apply for PIE Food Grant funds.
2019 PIE Food Grants: https://oei-exec.countyofdane.com/Pie-Food-Grant
SEED Grants Information Presentation Video Recording
Please note that this recording was created in 2018 when major programmatic changes were implemented to the SEED Grants program. City staff are working on making minor updates to this recording for 2019, but the existing recording still serves as a useful walkthrough for new SEED Grant applicants.
For potential applicants who are looking for more information on the SEED grants program and how to apply, please view the recording below, which provides an overview on the program and walks through the application process.
SEED Grants Application Materials
Please download the documents below and follow instructions in the background letter to submit final applications and any additional materials by the Friday, March 1st, 2019 due date. Please be aware of the post-mark deadline (Wed. February 27th) for applicants submitting hard copy materials.
Additional Materials for Applicants
- Please use the Food Access Improvement Map to contextualize the location and impact of your proposal. This map is referenced in Section 3 of the SEED Grants Application.
- SEED Grants - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- This FAQ provides answers to questions that are frequently asked about SEED Grants
- the FAQ also includes links to information on previously funded applications from 2014 - 2018
- The Healthy Food for All Children 10-Year Plan
- This community plan 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, and outlines many different strategies to increase access to healthy foods for all children in Madison and Dane County. It is a helpful resource for SEED Grant applicants. Read the Report.
Pre-Submission SEED Grants Information Meeting
The pre-submission meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Madison Central Library - Room 104, located at 201 W. Mifflin Street, Madison WI 53703. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this pre-submittal meeting to discuss the grant application and explore potential collaboration opportunities with other organizations in attendance.
Submitting Grant Materials
Submit your application to the Mayor's Office via email (email@example.com) by mail or hand-delivered (210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 403), c/o George Reistad, Food Policy Director; applications are due: Friday, March 1st, 2019 by 4:30pm. Applications submitted via standard mail must be postmarked no later than: Wednesday, February 27th, 2019.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Food Policy Director George Reistad at (608) 266-4611.