Grant applications are accepted year-round!

If you would like a grant application, contact us. Grants are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Review dates are as follows: March 31, June 30, Sept. 30, and Dec. 31. 

Grants are awarded to help underwrite actual project costs that advance food and nutrition education, and are intended to further the professional development of our region’s educators, students, farmers and food producers, chefs and restaurant owners, fishers, agricultural historians, ranchers, nursery owners, and conservation activists.  The grants program is aimed to address specific food education and conservation needs of the Upstate, and to create public awareness of the Upstate’s diverse biological, cultural, and culinary heritage.

Past Grant Recipients have included:

  • Field and Flower Farmto help raise a pair of rare Guinea Hogs, an animal on the Slow Food Ark of Taste. Only 200 Guinea Hogs are currently left in existence.
  • Greenville Organic Foods Organization (GOFO), for their work with school gardens in 10 Upstate schools, along with education programming for teachers.
  • Timberock at Hopkins Farmto help raise American Bronze Turkeys and New Hampshire Chickens, both on the Ark of Taste.
  • South Carolina Organization for Organic Living (SCOOL), to help fund workshops on heritage and heirloom production at the annual 2014 South Carolina Organic Growing Conference, led by Rebecca McKinney. 
  • Slow Food on Campus, Clemson University, to help support their twice-monthly meal service, at which members of the community are welcome. 
  • Travelers Rest High Schoolto fund their school garden and community service project. The garden project allows students to grow food and donate it to local soup kitchens. The program is part of the school’s International Baccalaureate program.

Slow Food Upstate announces grants available for four Slow Food projects to be developed within the counties of the Upstate, but can also include Earth Market Greenville certified producers who bring products to the Upstate.

The applicants should be able to provide a portion of the funding.

The grants committee will determine how much funding Slow Food Upstate will award grantees based on funds available, qualifications of the applicants, participation of the appropriate community/organization or applicant(s), financial support of the organization/applicant(s). The funding priority of the project grants program is intended to support activities that  relate to Slow Food USA’s programs of Food Education and Food Preservation; Slow Food in Schools and Slow Food on Campus; the Ark of Taste and Presidia; and RAFT (Renewing America’s Food Traditions Alliance). More information on the programs can be found at

Applicants must satisfy ALL eligibility requirements as follows:

  •  Be a current member of Slow Food USA. Join here, and list your local chapter as Slow Food SC Upstate.
  •  Be at least 18 years old and not a matriculating student throughout the grant cycle. If applying for the Slow Food in Schools grant as a student, the student should select a willing sponsor at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a permanent residence of Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens, Cherokee, Oconee, Union, Laurens, Greenwood or Abbeville County for a minimum of 6 months prior to the application deadline and during the grant period. A copy of current drivers license should accompany the application.
  • Have the ability to provide a portion of any grant funds awarded.
  • Provide a report of how the grant was used and photographs of the project to Slow Food Upstate at least one year after receiving the grant.