CFS Mini-Grant Program

Community Food Systems Mini-Grants Program

The CFS mini-grants program aims to support and advance UW-Extension educators’ and community partners’ interdisciplinary work in place-based food systems projects. Applicants need not be existing team members, although eligible projects must include a leadership role for UW-Extension. Funded projects receive support with program development, implementation and evaluation using the Whole Measures framework and serve as case studies for interdisciplinary approaches to food systems work. An ad-hoc committee comprised of individuals from the Community Food System Team coordinating committee will review proposals.

Successful proposals will:

  • Demonstrate innovative collaboration across multiple program areas, sectors, and disciplines (may include other county educators and or community partners)
  • Increase Cooperative Extension’s leadership in community food systems
  • Align with the Community Food System Team Purpose Vision and Values Statement
  • Align with one or more of the Whole Measures strategic evaluation framework fields:
    Justice and Fairness *  Healthy People * Strong Communities * Vibrant Farms and Gardens * Thriving Local Economies * Sustainable Ecosystems * Innovative Collaborations
  • Include a plan for measuring and reporting impact
  • Include a realistic and achievable work plan with anticipated timeline
  • Include a well thought out and feasible budget (there is no limitation on budget size)
  • Demonstrate support from/of additional resources (people, funding, etc.)

2015 Call for Mini-Grant Program with Proposal Form