Whole Cities Foundation offers specific grant periods for organizations that are expanding access to fresh, healthy food and nutrition education to apply. On this page you will find grant opportunities that are currently available and coming soon.
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Community First Grant
The Community First Grant (CFG) 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.
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. Since the CFG is initiated by Whole Foods Market Team Member recommendations, it is not open for general applications.
Whole Foods Market Team Members in all roles – from Cashiers to Store Team Leaders to Produce Team Members and office Team Members- are able to nominate a nonprofit that they are currently engaged with or excited to start. Since the CFG is initiated by Whole Foods Market Team Member recommendations, it is not open for general applications. However, we suggest giving your local Whole Foods Market store a call to express your interest in the “Whole Cities Community First Grant” nomination process to see if there is a Team Member who would like to support your organization throughout the grant year. The best time to reach out to a store about this program is in March or April. If the Team Member would like to learn more about the program they can visit our website at wholecitiesfoundation.org/cfg.