Community First Grant Program
The Community First Grant supports Whole Foods Market Team Members engaged with nonprofits with programs focusing on long-term fresh, healthy food access creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system.
Through Team Member nominations, Whole Cities Foundation has awarded 226 grants in over 100 cities investing $1,260,000 since launching the Community First Grant Program in 2016.
Meet 44 Whole Foods Market Team Members that nominated 63 nonprofit organizations to apply for an $8,000 grant.
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.
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.
In November of 2018, we awarded $255,000 to 51 organizations increasing access to fresh, healthy food in 40 cities in 21 states!
In 2017, Whole Cities Foundation awarded 44 grants investing $220,000 in nonprofits in the U.S.
In 2016, Whole Cities Foundation awarded 32 grants investing $160,000 in nonprofits in the U.S.
Listen to Community First Grant Audio Stories