The Austin Food & Wine Alliance announced today that $40,000 in grants will be given this year to support farmers, artisan producers, chefs, and small culinary businesses whose projects and initiatives show innovation and community support! Austin Food & Wine Alliance (AFWA), one of Central Texas’ most impactful culinary non-profits, is dedicated to fostering education, awareness and innovation in the Central Texas food and wine community. The Alliance is the beneficiary of the Austin Food & Wine Festival, and the festival’s growth has enabled the Alliance to continually increase grant funding each year to date. The organization increased the grant funding $10,000 over last year’s $30,000 in grant awards!
AFWA grants have funded innovative local projects such as the state’s first organic apple orchard (Argus Cidery); a unique food preservation project for a mobile kitchen and traveling canning museum (Confituras); the first USDA-inspected salumi producer in Texas (Salt & Time Butcher Shop); the state’s first locally grown and malted barley to support craft beer production (Blacklands Malt); and a unique volunteer program teaching farming skills to diverse populations and culinary students (New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms). The Alliance’s grant program is the first in the nation to provide funding to support culinary innovation that also gives back to the local community.
“We are committed to maintaining a simplified process for the grants,” said Mariam Parker, AFWA executive director. “Our mission is unique in that small culinary businesses, farms and nonprofits seldom have a resource such as this to move their dreams forward. It’s a true pleasure to be able to support our community in this way.”
The application process opens Wednesday, Sept. 2 and extends for four weeks, closing at midnight, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Grant applications are available online at austinfoodwinealliance.org/grants. AFWA hosts culinary events throughout the year with proceeds supporting the grant program and the Culinary Arts Career Conference, a daylong annual conference provided free to high school culinary students.
For more information about the AFWA, visit AustinFoodWineAlliance.org, call 512.348.6847 or email Info@AustinFoodWineAlliance.org. Stay up to date with Austin Food & Wine Alliance happenings on Facebook and Twitter.