The Community First Grant program supports nonprofits focused on long-term fresh, healthy food access and nutrition education that are engaged with Whole Foods Market Team Members (employees) in the U.S. and Canada. This includes community gardens, mobile markets, healthy cooking classes and more.

Since launching the grant program in 2016, Team Members have helped us award 283 grants in 120 cities, investing $1,731,000. More than 160 Team Members from 85 Whole Foods Market stores, 11 regional offices and our Global Support office have participated!

Each year in early May, Team Members nominate organizations that they are currently engaged with (or would like to start) and eligible organizations are then asked to submit a grant application letting us know about their work, how they would put the grant funds to use, etc. If you’re a nonprofit, learn more about how to apply for a grant here.

Meet the amazing Team Members and Community Partners over the years:

 

2022 Community First Grant

Get ready for the 2022 Community First Grant program with Team Member nominations open from May 3 through June 15.

2021 Community First Grant Team Members and Community Partners

In 2021, we are awarding 59 Team Member-nominated, community-led organizations an average of $8,000 each to advance fresh food access through our annual Community First Grant. This $470,000 commitment is being invested in 43 cities spanning 21 states and Canada!

2020 Community First Grant Community Partners

In 2020, Whole Cities Foundation awarded 40 nonprofit organizations in the U.S. an $8,000 grant for a total investment of $320,000 to help expand access to fresh, healthy food and nutrition education.

2019 Community First Grant Team Members and Community Partners

In 2019, 66 nonprofits each received $5,000 Community First Grants. These grants, made possible thanks to Whole Foods Market Team Member nominations and an application process, are awarded to nonprofits that increase access to fresh, healthy food and nutrition education in their local communities.

2018 Community First Grant Team Members & Community Partners

In November of 2018, we awarded $255,000 to 51 organizations increasing access to fresh, healthy food in 40 cities in 21 states!

2017 Community First Grant Team Members & Community Partners

In 2017, Whole Cities Foundation awarded 44 grants investing $220,000 in nonprofits in the U.S.

2016 Community First Grant Team Members & Community Partners

In 2016, Whole Cities Foundation awarded 32 grants investing $160,000 in nonprofits in the U.S.

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