Do you have a unique or creative idea for a food ministry and just need a jump start to get it off the ground? You’re in the right place!
Whether it’s a food box purchasing group, a food pantry refresh, a pop-up market, or a creative community meal, we have the grant for you. In partnership with The Duke Endowment, Come to the Table is now accepting applications for radical reimaginings of how food can empower churches to help create a more just and equitable local food system.
Creating practical, sustainable, thriving, and resilient connections that increase food security and address food access require the right partners, participation, and planning. Come to the Table is excited to support rural United Methodist churches that are passionate about investing in food-related projects that can grow congregational capacity and increase a church’s ability to partner with other community-based organizations and local farmers.
Come to the Table’s new Small Grants program will select eight TDE-eligible rural United Methodist Churches to support in planning, implementing, and evaluating an innovative local food project. During this year-long grant cycle, each selected congregation will learn how to develop, coordinate, maintain, and grow their agricultural project and receive technical support from RAFI-USA staff in creating a plan-of-action, coordinating delivery and payment logistics, crafting an outreach plan, and other foundational aspects of food project coordination.
In short, this funding would specifically support opportunities like:
- Food purchase and transportation costs
- Other project-related materials costs
- Project coordinator stipend
- Advertising & outreach materials
- Comprehensive training for faith leaders on how to manage a successful farm and faith partnership project
- United Methodist Churches who are considered rural by The Duke Endowment.
- Churches who value the importance of creating economic opportunity in their communities
- At least one congregational leader and/or volunteer with the capacity to dedicate 2-3 hours each week to the development and maintenance of a food project.
- In order to receive the funds, grantees will need to submit a completed W-9 form for their church and a signed grant agreement (that RAFI-USA will provide).
- Participants will be required to complete a final report at the end of the grant period.
- Churches must use purchased produce for distribution to alleviate food insecurity (ex: food pantry, community meals, etc.)
Grant application deadline: February 29, 2024
A review board will make final funding decisions. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by March 15, 2024.
If you’re interested in learning more or would like support in completing the application, then please reach out to [email protected].
Apply here: https://www.tfaforms.com/5102502
Learn more about ways Come to the Table partners with faith communities and farmers: