Mini-grants to Churches

Since 2020, Come to the Table has leveraged more than $120,000 in re-grant funding to over 100 rural churches throughout North Carolina that are responding to food insecurity in their communities. These mini-grants provide funding to faith communities to purchase food from local farmers of color to distribute in their communities. 

With support from The Duke Endowment, Come to the Table is excited to offer mini-grant funds ($1,000-$2,000) to assist rural United Methodist Churches throughout North Carolina each year. Because of RAFI-USA’s long-standing relationships with farmers, farmers markets, and faith communities throughout North Carolina, Come to the Table is uniquely situated to connect these groups in mutually beneficial relationships.

To be eligible to apply for these funds, churches must be United Methodist, located in North Carolina, and must be considered a rural church by The Duke Endowment. Churches must use these funds to purchase food from a designated farmer of color to distribute to food-insecure community members. 

The application window for 2022 grants has closed. Please subscribe to our e-newsletter to stay up to date on mini-grant opportunities for 2023. See below for grantee spotlights.

Read below for stories of previous churches involved in our mini-grant program:

Anointed Ones Church of Deliverance International

Long’s Chapel UMC

Norman UMC and Richmond Fresh

Calvary Memorial UMC

Red Oak UMC

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