The Community First Grant supports community-led nonprofits with programs focused on creating long-term fresh, healthy food access and more equitable and sustainable local food systems.

Whole Cities Foundation has awarded 226 grants in over 100 cities investing $1,260,000 since launching the Community First Grant Program in 2016.

  

2020 Community First Grant 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.

Projects from the 2020 grant partners include:

  • 12 urban farms
  • 8 agricultural skills development programs
  • 7 community gardens
  • 4 mobile markets
  • 4 pop-up markets and CSAs
  • 3 SNAP and WIC incentive programs
  • 2 farmers markets

Florida Region

Hebni Nutrition Consultants | Orlando, FL | Mobile Market

Red Hills Small Farm Alliance |Tallahassee, FL | SNAP Incentive Program

 

Mid-Atlantic Region

Urban Tree Connection | Philadelphia, PA | Urban Farm

 

Midwest Region

Keep Growing Detroit | Detroit, MI | Community Garden

Community Matters Cincinnati | Cincinnati, OH | Farmers Market / Co-Op

Franklinton Farms | Columbus, OH | Urban Farm

New Roots | Louisville, KY | Pop Up Market or CSA

Seedleaf, Inc | Lexington KY | Urban Farm

 

North Atlantic Region

About Fresh | Boston, MA | Mobile Market

Backyard Growers | Gloucester, MA | Community Garden

Cultivating Community | Portland, ME | Pop Up Market or CSA

Friends of Holly Hill Farm | Cohasset, MA | Agricultural Skills Development

Grow Nashua | Nashua, NH | Community Garden

Keney Park Sustainability Project | Windsor, CT | Community Garden

Mill City Grows | Lowell, MA | Urban Farm

Roots Rising | Pittsfield, MA | Farmers Market or Co-Op

Southside Community Land Trust | Providence, RI | Agricultural Skills Development

 

Northern California Region

Mandela Partners | Oakland, CA | Pop Up Market or CSA

Valley Verde | San Jose, CA | Agricultural Skills Development

City Slicker Farms | Oakland, CA | Community Garden

 

North East Region

WE STAY/Nos Quedamos, Inc. | Bronx, NY | Community Garden

Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice | Bronx, NY | Urban Farm

United Community Centers | Brooklyn, NY | Urban Farm

Red Hook Initiative | Brooklyn, NY | Urban Farm

 

Pacific Northwest Region

Farmer Frog | Everett, WA | Agricultural Skills Development

Viva Farms | Burlington, WA | Pop Up Market or CSA

Growing Gardens | Portland, OR | Agricultural Skills Development

 

Rocky Mountain Region

La Mujer Obrera | El Paso, TX | Mobile Market

Cultivate KC | Kansas City, MO | Agricultural Skills Development

Kansas City Community Gardens | Kansas City, MO | Community Garden

LiveWell Colorado | Denver, CO | SNAP Incentive Program

The GrowHaus | Denver, CO | Mobile Market

 

South Region

E.A.T. South | Montgomery, AL | Urban Farm

Knowledge Quest | Memphis, TN | Urban Farm

Landmark Training Development Company | Memphis, TN | Urban Farm

Lowcountry Street Grocery | Charleston, SC | SNAP Incentive Program

 

Southern Pacific Region

Community Services Unlimited | Los Angeles, CA | Agricultural Skills Development

Special Service for Groups/API Forward Movement (APIFM) | Los Angeles, CA | Agricultural Skills Development

 

Southwest Region

Bonton Farms | Dallas, TX | Urban Farm

Dunbar Garden | Little Rock, AR | Urban Farm

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