Support Culinary Innovation

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.

Targeting your support to the Alliance’s Culinary Grant Program will directly impact our ability to empower our local community to bring the next big culinary innovative idea to life.

Grants are awarded to support chefs, farmers, wine-, beer-, and spirit-makers, artisan producers, food-focused nonprofits, and educational groups. The grants align with the AFWA’s mission to foster education, awareness, and innovation in the Central Texas food and wine community.



The Gina Burchenal Grant
A $5,000 grant to be awarded to a woman-led business through The Gina Burchenal Grant, honoring AFWA president Gina Burchenal, a former Austin chef/caterer. Generously provided by Gina and her husband, Ken Burchenal.

Whole Foods Market Small Artisan Business Grant
A $5,000 grant awarded to a small artisan business focusing on fresh, organic or local ingredients intended for retail distribution with an emphasis on quality and culinary innovation, sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

The Premiere Events Community Grant is a $2,500 grant to a nonprofit organization or educationally focused project.

The Jeff Conarko Grant for Sustainability is a $2,500 grant honoring beloved Austin business owner and healthy eating advocate, Jeff Conarko of Con’Olio Oils & Vinegars. The grant will be awarded to a business or organization with a commitment to sustainable and traceable practices.

THE LUCK, TEXAS GRANT is a $7,500 grant awarded to a farmer, individual or food-support organization that is pioneering efforts to provide better food onto the plates of consumers and into our food system.


The 2ND St. District Grant for sustainability is a $5,000 grant awarded to an individual or business committed to environmental or food-systems’ sustainability within the Austin community.

Alamo Gives Grant for Mobile Businesses is a $5,000 grant awarded to a mobile food or beverage business exemplifying innovative ideas and practices.   

Austin Dames Supporting Women in Business Grant is a $5,000 grant for seed funding or business support for a culinary business that is either women-owned or led by a woman with the majority of the decision-making power.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka Entrepreneur Grant is a $5,000 grant awarded to an entrepreneur who has pursued his/her business dream despite setbacks. The winner of this grant has shown that success often comes from failures, as exemplified by founder Tito Beveridge and the pursuit of his Texas-made vodka.


Covering an entire grant of $5,000 offers the opportunity to name the grant and direct it toward a specific type of recipient that aligns with your giving interests. Whether a one-time or annual grant, your generous sponsorship will leave a lasting impression and provide value to the Central Texas culinary community for years to come.


Interested in directing your support towards the AFWA Culinary Grant Program?

Whether you’re an individual, a small business, or a large company, we offer customized partnerships to drive awareness to like-minded culinary enthusiasts while supporting the Alliance’s mission.

Questions about culinary grant sponsorship? Please contact Mariam Parker, Executive Director at