The Austin Food & Wine Alliance Culinary Grant Program is the nation’s first program to provide funding that supports culinary innovation and contributes to the local community.

What are the AFWA Grant Awards?
Launching into its sixth year of supporting culinary innovation and community giveback through its one-of-a-kind grant program, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance will award grants to selected organizations/individuals based on culinary innovation that contributes to the Austin and or Central Texas community. The cumulative total is $252,500.

What are Key Dates in the Grant Application Process?

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What are the Grant Eligibility Requirements?

  • Eligible applicants: Food and beverage artisan producers, chefs/culinary professionals, farmers, wine-, beer- and spirit-makers, and food-focused non-profits serving the Austin and or Central Texas Community
  • You must be located in the Central Texas region in one of the following counties: Bastrop, Bexar, Blanco, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Gillespie, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hays, Kerr, Kendall, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, Mason, Travis and Williamson
  • Must demonstrate how the grant will be used for culinary innovation
  • Must demonstrate community giveback and/or show the impact the initiative will have on the community
  • Represent fiduciary responsibility and transparency
  • Must follow the reporting and accountability guidelines
  • Agree to participate in PR and social media initiatives to promote AFWA & Grant Program
  • Agree to AFWA website presence and mutual promotion of AFWA & Grant Program
  • Must submit three (3) current reference letters with dates detailing relationship to the organization/individual and explaining why the applicant should receive a grant.”

What Type of Projects/Initiatives have won AFWA Grants previously?

  • Seeding and establishing the state’s first organic apple orchard with Argus Cidery
  • A unique food preservation project for a mobile kitchen and traveling canning museum with Confituras
  • The first USDA-inspected salumi producer in Texas with Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria
  • The state’s first locally grown and malted barley to support craft beer production with Blacklands Malt
  • A one-of-a-kind volunteer program teaching farming skills to diverse populations and culinary students with New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms
  • Production of a documentary film to teach students about the process of raising beef in Texas from pasture to plate with Pflugerville’s Connally High School Culinary Arts Department
  • a Georgetown farm producing stress-free, free-range meat while helping wounded veterans with Snodgrass Farm

For more details on past grant winners and their projects, click here.

Who are The Grant Judges?
The AFWA 2018 Grant Judging Committee is composed of a private panel of prominent culinary professionals and community members. Because the judges are deeply involved in the community, we do not share their names. The committee makes all decisions on grant awards and are based on the grant criteria, application information, and the goals of each applicant.

When is the application period?
The application period will be from September 13 to October 15.

How can I make a donation to support the Culinary Grant Program?
Woohoo! Please click here to learn the many ways to support the Culinary Grant Program.

How can I or my business sponsor a grant?
Covering an entire grant of $5,000 will leave a lasting impression and provide value to the Central Texas culinary community for years to come. 

What are the eligible grant categories? How do I know which category to apply for?
Grants are awarded in the categories of Individual, Non-profit, and Business. 

If I have previously received an AFWA grant, can I re-apply?
Yes! And in several cases, grants have been given on a second or third try. If you’ve received a grant, you can also apply again after three years of receiving the grant award.

What follow-up is required if I win a grant?
Grantees are required to submit two performance reports updating the AFWA on the progress achieved since receiving the grant. The final performance report will serve as a permanent record of the grantee’s accomplishments. These reports are due six months after receipt of the grant and will provide information to the AFWA Grant Selection Committee and staff as they evaluate the significance and impact of the AFWA grants.

Do I have to live in Austin to apply?
You must be located in the Central Texas region in order to be eligible. The following counties are eligible: Bastrop, Bexar, Blanco, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Gillespie, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hays, Kerr, Kendall, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, Mason, Travis and Williamson.

How much funding is given out each year?
Grant award funding changes each year based on fundraising efforts and community support. 

What are the sizes of the grants?
Grant awards start at $2,500 and vary based on each year’s applicants, with the largest grant awarded so far being $12,500.

Is there any way I can see the questions on the application before I start the application process?
Yes! Click here to download a sample grant application.