The Community First Grant supports community-led nonprofits with programs focused on creating long-term fresh, healthy food access and more equitable and sustainable local food systems.

In 2017, Whole Cities Foundation awarded 44 grants investing $220,000 in nonprofits in the U.S.


Community Partner: Hebni Nutritionist Consultants, Orlando, FL | Mobile Market | Team Member: Vicky Santamaria

Community Partner: Memory Trees Corporation, West Palm Beach, FL | Urban Farm | Team Member: Brenna Bertram

Community Partner: The Local Food Project, Tampa, FL | Urban Farm | Team Member: Lea Mewa


Community Partner: Arcadia Food Inc., Alexandria, VA | SNAP Incentive |Team Member: Jeanne Ludwig

Community Partner: Louisville Grows, Louisville, KY | Community Garden |Team Member: Madeleine Loney

Community Partner: Urban Tree Connection, Philadelphia, PA | Urban Farm | Team Member: Anthony Aquilino

Community Partner: Virtua Health, Camden, NJ | Mobile Market | Team Member: Carol Shapcott


Community Partner: City Sprouts, Omaha, NE | Mobile Market | Team Member: Cassandra Zywiec

Community Partner: Fondy Food Center, Milwaukee, WI | Urban Farm | Team Member: Amanda John

Community Partner: Michigan 4-H Foundation, Warren, MI | Community Garden | Team Member: Heather Smith

Community Partner: Peterson Garden Project, Chicago, IL | Community Garden | Team Member: Amada Pena

Community Partner: Reroot Pontiac, Pontiac, MI | Urban Farm | Team Member: Rachel Bush

North Atlantic

Community Partner: Backyard Growers, Gloucester, MA | Community Garden

Community Partner: Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT | Community Garden | Team Member: Tom Neal

Community Partner: Groundwork Somerville, Somerville, MA | Urban Farm | Team Member: Dena Cherenson

Community Partner: Mill City Grows, Salem, MA | Community Garden | Team Member: Meaghan Murphy

Community Partner: Southside Community Land Trust, Providence, RI | Community Garden | Team Member: Robert Williams

Community Partner: YMCA of the North Shore, Salem, MA | Community Garden | Team Member: Meaghan Murphy

Northern California 

Community Partner: Mandela Marketplace, Oakland, CA | Farmers Market or Co-op | Team Member: Quintana Kardel

Community Partner: Oak Park Sol, Sacramento, CA, |Healthy Cooking Class | Team Member: Erika Dimmler

Pacific Northwest

Community Partner: Common Threads Farm, Bellingham, WA | Healthy Cooking Class | Team Member: Stephanie Raasch

Community Partner: Foundation for Sustainable Community dba Farmer Frog, University Place, WA | Community Garden | Team Member: Olivia Yates

Community Partner: Growing Gardens, Portland, OR | Agricultural Skills Development | Team Member: Mary Crowe

Community Partner: High Desert Food Farm Alliance, Bend, OR | Healthy Cooking Class | Team Member: Rebecca Burda

Community Partner: Pike Place Market Foundation, Bellevue, WA | SNAP Incentive | Team Member: Jonathan Sue

Rocky Mountain

Community Partner: Buy Extension, Boise, ID | Agricultural Skills Development | Team Member: Jacob Warner

Community Partner: Hunger Free Colorado, Denver, CO | SNAP Incentive | Team Member: M’Lissa Baker

Community Partner: Kansas City Community Gardens, Overland Park, KS | SNAP Incentive | Team Member: Beth Follmer

Community Partner: The Growhaus, Denver, CO | Farmers Market or Co-Op | Team Member: Jeremiah Ryan


Community Partner: Communities in Partnership, Durham, NC | Farmers Market or Co-Op | Team Member: Kellodie Tassa

Community Partner: Crabtree Farms of Chattanooga, Inc, Chattanooga, TN | Urban Farm | Team Member: Mark Zielke

Community Partner: Faith Family Medical Center, Franklin, TN | Healthy Cooking Class | Team Member: Matt Birdsong

Community Partner: Feast Down East, Wilmington, NC | Mobile Market | Team Member: Chelsea Thornhill

Community Partner: Pure Artistry CommUNITY Outreach, Montgomery, AL | Urban Farm |Team Member: Scott Cook

Community Partner: Truly Living Well, Atlanta, GA | Urban Farm |Team Member: Scott Sherman

Community Partner: Rev Birmingham, Birmingham, AL | Urban Farm | Team Member: Tina Spaulding-Pilgrim

Southern Pacific

Community Partner: Community Services Unlimited, Los Angeles, CA | Agricultural Skills Development | Team Member: Marci Frumkin

Community Partner: Social Justice Learning Institute, Los Angeles, CA | Pop-Up Market or CSA | Team Member: Saadeh Johnny


Community Partner: Dunbar Garden, Little Rock, AR | Healthy Cooking Class | Team Member: Sara Fulton-Koerbling

Community Partner: Healthy Tarrant County Collab., Fort Worth, TX | Urban Farm | Team Member: Steffany Villalobos

Community Partner: SixTwelve, Oklahoma City, OK | Healthy Cooking Class |Team Member: Tobias Markey

Community Partner: SPROUT NOLA, New Orleans, LA | Community Garden | Team Member: Mallory Broussard

Community Partner: Townfolk, Lafayette, LA | Community Garden |Team Member: Sophia Gross

Community Partner: Tri Cycle Farms, Fayetteville, AR | Urban Farm | Team Member: Allison Chilcote

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