The Community First Grant Program is designed to support Whole Foods Market Team Members in the United States and Canada who want to engage with community partners broadening access to fresh, healthy foods in their cities. Whole Cities will provide $5,000 grants to qualified community partners.
The program has a simple two-step application process:
A Team Member in the U.S. or Canada completes a short application in support of a community partner focused on fresh food access or healthy cooking classes in their area.
If the Team Member’s application is selected, then the community partner is asked to complete a Community First Grant Application.
Through the Community First Grant Program, Whole Cities aims to:
1. Support Team Members’ passion for community service, partnership, and fresh, healthy food access
2. Help grow the local food system in more communities across the U.S. and Canada
3. Promote WFM’s core values and “Community First” principles
May 1: Community First Grant Program application opens for Team Members
June 15: Community First Grant Program application and STL/FTL/TL Support Form due
August: Notification sent to Team Member applicants. Team Members will be notified if their application has been selected. If selected, your community partner will be asked to complete a grant application.
September: Community First Grant Program application due from Community Partners. This application will include questions regarding the community partner’s mission, programs, leadership, impact, community engagement, sustainability, and finances.
November: Notification sent to Community Partner applicants. Community partners will be notified of their application status. Team Member applicants will receive notification if their community partners have been approved.
Please ensure you are able to answer “yes” to all of the following requirements to be eligible. If you do not meet all of the requirements but feel there are special circumstances that you would like us to consider, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you willing to send us a short mid-year and end of the year update? We will ask for a brief summary of how things are going and photos of your partnership in action.
Is the community partner you are recommending primarily focused on serving adults? The Community First Grant will not be the best fit for community partners that focus primarily on children or schools.