Food and Farming Recent Grants

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina
Polk and Rutherford Counties
Grant Amount: $15,000
Fiscal Year 2019
to study the agricultural landscape near the Tryon International Equestrian Center to identify and prioritize farmland conservation opportunities.

Macon County Public Health (as the fiscal sponsor for MountainWise)
Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, and Transylvania Counties
Grant Amount: $35,000
Fiscal Year 2019
to expand the Double Up Food Bucks program in Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, and Transylvania counties.

Toe River Aggregation Center Training Organization Regional Inc. (TRACTOR)
Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, and Yancey Counties
Grant Amount: $50,000
Fiscal Year 2019
to increase direct-to-consumer sales channels, as well as expand the types of food-related business and overall number of farmers that TRACTOR serves.

YMCA of Western North Carolina
Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and McDowell Counties
Grant Amount: $40,000
Fiscal Year 2019
to purchase a new box truck for its Healthy Living Mobile Market program.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
WNC Region
Grant Amount: $40,000
Fiscal Year 2018
to provide farmers and farmers markets with training and technical assistance on marketing strategies in order to increase farmer direct sales.

Eliada Homes, Inc.
Buncombe County
Grant Amount: $30,000
Fiscal Year 2018
to fund a Farm Manager and to purchase supplies for two commercial growing tunnels to support Eliada Farms, Eliada’s new earned revenue venture.

Isothermal Planning and Development Commission
McDowell County
Grant Amount: $35,000
Fiscal Year 2018
to support the Community Food and Health Hub in order to lower food insecurity, increase healthy food at pantries, build a stronger and more prosperous local food system, and increase access to fresh healthy food.

Mainspring Conservation Trust
Cherokee County
Grant Amount: $25,000
Fiscal Year 2018
to assist with closing and transactional costs related to an agricultural conservation easement of a heritage farm in Cherokee County (contingent upon other funds).

MANNA FoodBank
Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey Counties
Grant Amount: $40,000
Fiscal Year 2018
to increase access to nutritious food for families in need, and to provide local, sustainable approaches to nutrition and health focused work via “Nutrition Works,” an on-site nutrition education and clinic referral project.

Organic Growers School
WNC Region
Grant Amount: $20,000
Fiscal Year 2018
to support the expansion of year-round Farmer Programs and outreach into Polk County and within communities of color.

Food and Farming Grant History