Slow Food Upstate

Supporting Good, Clean and Fair Food

Slow Food Upstate Grants

Slow Food Upstate?s Grants Program is made possible from support provided by private entities including local businesses, private individuals, and fund raising events created by and supported by the board and members of Slow Food Upstate. 

If you would like a grant application, contact us. Grants are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

March 31, June 30, Sept. 30 and Dec. 31. 



Slow Food Upstate congratulates our grant recipients and thanks all our members and friends who attended our dinner and tasting events throughout the year to make the funds available.

Grants are awarded to help underwrite actual project costs that advance food and nutrition education, not ordinary living expenses, and are intended to further the professional development of our region?s educators, students enrolled in schools or Colleges and Universities public or private, farmers and food producers, chefs and restaurant owners, fishers, agricultural historians, ranchers, nurserymen and conservation activists.  The grants program is aimed to address specific food education and conservation needs of the Upstate region of S. C. and which celebrate create public awareness of the Upstate?s diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage.

Past Grant Recipients include: 

Field and Flower Farm, to 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 Farm, to help raise American Bronze Turkeys and New Hampshire Chickens, both also on the Ark of Taste. Timberock at Hopkins Farm is a new participant in the Slow Food Earth Market for 2013. South Carolina Organization for Organic Living (SCOOL), to go toward funding 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, in which food raised by the students is donated to local soup kitchens, is part of the school?s International Baccalaureate program.

Charlotte Anderson, Carolina Honeybees, Earth Market Greenville Producer for a Wax Melting Machine

See how this helps this small honey producer here.

GRANT applications are taken at any time.


Grants are awarded to help underwrite actual project costs that advance food and nutrition education, not ordinary living expenses, and are intended to further the professional development of our region?s educators, students enrolled in schools or Colleges and Universities public or private, farmers and food producers, chefs and restaurant owners, fishers, agricultural historians, ranchers, nurserymen and conservation activists.  The grants program is aimed to address specific food education and conservation needs of the Upstate region of S. C. and which celebrate create public awareness of the Upstate?s diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage.


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. 



Sterling Slow Food Initiative, Rebecca McKinney

South Carolina Organization for Organic Living, LLC

Swamp Rabbit Café, Mary Walsh or Jacqueline Oliver (for educational programs Ark of Taste initiatives)

Roper Mountain Science Center, Michael Weeks

Heritage Garden

Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering

Travelers Rest High School Green Club, School Garden, teacher Victoria Chance

School Garden and Food Nutrition Education

Chris Sermons, Bio Way Farm

For Ark of Taste on the farm, Paw Paw trees

BioWay Farms is an Earth Market Producer

Slow Food on Campus Clemson University

Melissa Macher 

Donate to the Slow Food Upstate Grants Program:

Your tax deductible donation will be 100% devoted to the Grants Program when you signify this on your check.

Slow Food Upstate

Mail to: Treasurer Joe Augello

214 Northbrook Way

Greenville, SC 29615

Rules for the Grants... 

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 community/organization/applicant(s).  There will be no applications considered past the deadline date.  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


·       Slow Food in Schools Grant: Awarded for the purpose to create hands-on community based educational food projects for school children enrolled in kindergarten to high school.  These projects may range from schoolyard gardens, to cooking classes, to farm to school initiatives, and should be diverse but directed to offer all children an opportunity to explore from where their food comes, who grows it, how to prepare it, and the importance of sharing it with friends and family.  The project should be sustainable, and should be planned to be able to continue for an extended period of time.  Although the grant is directed towards schools, it may also be awarded to be used in other educational locations such as learning centers which specifically address the education of children from kindergarten to high school.  Examples of other school projects may be found at  and a How to Start a Slow Food in Schools Project can be found at and other resources at


·       Slow Food on Campus: Awarded for the purpose to create a new Slow Food Chapter on a college campus run by students with a project to address a good, clean, and fair food system, as well as addressing food system and food justice issues, spanning environmental and social causes.  A two year project plan should be included that has been approved by the institution.   The Slow Food on Campus should include a plan to invite the general public in the area to at least one session per year of Slow Food on their Campus.  How to Start a Slow Food on Campus:

 After the Chapter is created, projects addressing food system and food justice issues could range from creating a Slow Food film or literary discussion group or a social network of calls to social action, and writing to your elected officials. (Example of Films for discussion: ?The Botany of Desire?

Or Black Gold, or Fresh  or  The Real Dirt on Farmer John or Eating Alaska or Food, Inc. ) Resources:    Other Campus chapters:


·       Slow Food US Ark of Taste, : Initiate an ?Ark of Taste?,  food on a farm, ranch, plant nursery, fishery, restaurant or retail grocer or use an Ark of Taste product in the Upstate that is culturally or historically linked to the region of the Upstate, to South Carolina, or to the region of the south-east, and that is sustainably produced; that if better known and celebrated, would benefit the wider community of food producers.   


About the Ark of Taste:

The Ark is an international catalog of foods that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution and environmental damage. In an effort to cultivate consumer demand?key to agricultural conservation?only the best tasting endangered foods make it onto the Ark.

Since 1996, more than 800 products from over 50 countries have been added to the international Ark of Taste. The US Ark of Taste profiles over 200 rare regional foods, and is a tool that helps farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs, retail grocers, educators and consumers celebrate our country's diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage.

Slow Food USA Ark of Taste by Region of Origin




Carolina Gold Rice   - NC, SC, GA


Louisiana Oyster

Wild Catfish


American Persimmon



Corriente Cattle

Pineywoods Cattle

Randall Cattle

Spanish Goat

Tennessee Fainting Goat

Cotton Patch Goose

Guinea Hog

Ossabaw Island Hog

Tunis Sheep

Bourbon Red Turkey


American Butternut

American Chestnut

Shagbark Hickory Nut



Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean

Mayflower Bean

Mississippi Silver Hull Bean-Crowder Cowpeas

SC Sea Island Red Peas

TN Turkey Craw Bean


Green-striped Cushaw

Ivis White Cream Sweet Potato


Gallberry Honey

Sourwood Honey

Tupelo Honey

Traditional Sorghum Syrup

Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, which organizes and funds projects that defend our world?s heritage of agricultural biodiversity and gastronomic traditions lists all Ark of Taste foods internationally.

Eligibility Criteria


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 driver?s 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.




Applications must be postmarked or delivered to Slow Food Upstate by 5 pm of the deadline date. If the deadline occurs on a holiday or weekend, the next business day becomes the default deadline date.    E Mailed applications preferred,


Our Sponsors

Slow Food Upstate thanks the following for their generous support of the 2012-2013 Grants Program


 Earth Fare, The Healthy Supermarket

BMW Manufacturing Co.

Anson Mills

The Asheville Food and Wine Festival

Fiction Addiction











Project Final Report Form




Grantee Name:



Award Amount: $


Funds Received To Date: $

Telephone (day):

Final Request: $



Contact Person:

Project Title:

Address (if different):

Project Dates:

City/State/Zip (if different):

Date/Location of Project:

Phone (if different):

Number of Performances, Exhibitions, Lectures, etc.:

Total Number Attending:


Constituency Breakdown of those attending by Percentage:



____African American


____American Indian




____Special Needs



Activity Type:

Project Discipline:


If Applicable, list all grade levels affected by this activity (audience members, participants, etc.) :



NARRATIVE: Complete in space provided:

1)       Did this project meet your objectives? How or how not?



















2)      Were there problems with your project?  If so, please explain and describe how problems would be avoided in the future.















3)      How did you evaluate your project?  What was the outcome?













  • Publicity samples, programs, brochures, postcards, photographs, testimonials, where and when applicable, related to this project.
  • Copies of receipts, invoices and other information that supported your project’s expenditures.







I, _______________________________________(grantee) certify that all information contained in this report is factual.  As such, I am requesting the final payment of my award in the amount of $____________.




______________________________________________________                        ____________________

Authorized Signature (Name & Title)                                                             Date

BUDGET (Actual)

On a separate sheet(s) of paper, please outline your project’s budget.


Project Expenses – Project Income = Amount of Slow Food Upstate grant requested


Project expenses: include all expenses related to your project such as artist fees, supplies and materials, equipment/rental space, marketing, ads and/or anything else that was necessary to ensure that the project was successfully completed.  Refer to the budget you submitted with your grant application.


Project income:  include all monies allotted to the project, such as other funding, ticket sales, organizational support, etc.  In-kind support is also listed here but cannot be more than 50% of the total income.


Please provide receipts and invoices to support your figures.






 Project Support Grant

Application Form









NAME                                                                                                                                   Member of Slow Food USA?    Yes              No




EMAIL (important for Grants Panel schedule contact)






Company or Organization Name 






PROJECT DATES  Start Date:                                                                      End Date: 


TOTAL PROJECT BUDGET                                                        


PROJECT DISCIPLINE (mark all that apply)


                  Ark of Taste


US Presidia



Slow Food in Schools




Slow Food on Campus



(Renewing Americas Food Traditions)

PREVIOUS PROJECT GRANTS (please list the grants you received in the past 2 years from other organizations – include grant numbers)



If this grant is answered in the affirmative, the applicant agrees that:

§         The activities for which the grant is sought will be administered under the supervision of the applicant.

§         The funds granted will be spent solely for the described projects and programs.

§         No major budget changes will be made without consultation with the Slow Food Upstate Board.

§         In conducting the said projects, they will comply with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of Title V of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and any applicable South Carolina Laws.

§         All publicity and program information must contain the Slow Food Upstate logo and a statement of credit for funding as follows:

This program is funded in part by Slow Food Upstate with funds received from donors to the grants program and from fund raising efforts by Slow Food Upstate.

§         Four weeks after completion of the project, a final report and a full financial accounting must be submitted before final payment is made.  Photos and testimonials from the project will be submitted with the final report.

§         I currently reside in and have resided in either Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens, Cherokee, Oconee, Union, Laurens, Greenwood or Abbeville County SC at least six (6) months prior to this date.

SIGNED: _____________________________________________________________  DATE:  ____________________________________


PRINT NAME:  ___________________________________________________________


This form must be completed, signed and submitted with the required narrative, budget information, and supplemental materials (please refer to grant guidelines) to Slow Food Upstate  by e mail or mailed and received by 5:00pm on the appropriate postmark deadline in order to be considered for funding. These grants are considered yearly.


The deadlines for Applications in 2011: June 1, 2011 For projects that begin or occur:   July 1, 2011-July 1, 2012

E Mail to:


Please include with your application:


·         Short history of your organization or business, mission, farming practices, population you serve, etc. less than one page.


·         Project Summary less than one page


·         Statement of Need or Statement that tells why your project is important to your organization or company; how it will benefit the community.  Include research for solutions that were conducted that shows the need if available.


·         Goals and Objectives for your project


·         Methods, Strategies or Program Design used to achieve your goals


·         How you will assess your projects accomplishments


·         Describe in detail all other funding or in-kind donations you have secured for this project


·         Other funding or sustainability including in-kind donations or meeting space, or equipment; will this project be sustainable over many years?  How will funding be available at that point?


Supporting Documents where applicable:


·         IRS letter proving that your organization is tax-exempt.

·         List of your board of directors and their affiliations.

·         Financial statement from your last fiscal year.

·         Budget for your current fiscal year.

·         Budget for your next fiscal year if you are within a few months of that new year.

·         Memberships of other like-minded organizations or farming certifications, and/or also include any awards the applicant or associated organization has earned in the past 5 years