Farmers, chefs, restaurant and food truck owners can apply for $112,000 in grants through the Texas Food & Wine Alliance

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Food & Wine Alliance is offering nearly $112,000 in grants to chefs, artisan producers, culinary nonprofits and businesses in 2022.

Grant applications can be submitted online at texasfoodandwinealliance.org through October 23.

Winners will be announced and awarded at a ceremony at the Holdsworth Center in Austin on January 21, 2023.

The one-time grant program has provided $532,500 in funding over the past ten years.

Eligible grant program applicants include farmers, craft producers, chefs, wine/beer/spirits makers, culinary nonprofits, businesses, and professionals whose projects and initiatives demonstrate innovation. and community impact, according to a press release.

For anyone who needs help with the application process, the alliance is hosting a virtual grant information session via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11. A second in-person session will take place in Austin on Wednesday, October 12. More details regarding times and location will be announced soon. For registration and information, email [email protected]

“We are thrilled to celebrate 10 years of Alliance grants, representing more than half a million dollars in grants since our inception,” said Cathy Cochran-Lewis, Grants Co-Chair. “It’s amazing that the community has come together to provide funds to help innovative culinary projects succeed and help make dreams come true this way.”

Here are the details of the grants that will be awarded in San Antonio:

  • Tito’s Craft Vodka Entrepreneur Grant – a $6,250 scholarship awarded to an entrepreneur who pursued his business dream despite setbacks. The winner of this scholarship has shown that success often comes from failure, as evidenced by founder Tito Beveridge and the pursuit of his Texas-made vodka.

  • HEB Grant Supporting Diversity and Inclusion – a $5,000 grant open to San Antonio-area chefs, farmers, craft producers, food-focused nonprofits and educational groups who prioritize education, diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Promote delivery subsidy for local restaurants – a $5,000 grant supporting a San Antonio restaurant or food truck project or initiative that gives back to the San Antonio community. This grant will be awarded to a restaurant or mobile food service business that demonstrates innovation in supporting the San Antonio community.

An additional $5,000 will be given to San Antonio for more general grant projects, officials said.

The Texas Food & Wine Alliance Board of Directors determines the grant amount each year based on the organization‘s fundraising efforts at key events, community partnerships and grantee events.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors, community partners and friends at TFWA for their continued support of our mission,” said Gina Burchenal, Grant Co-Chair. “Their support allows us to give back to the deserved culinary innovators who have contributed to this remarkable culinary landscape for Texas.”

The Texas Food & Wine Alliance grant evaluation committee for each city is comprised of a private panel of distinguished culinary professionals and community members.

Grants are awarded based on the grant criteria, application information, and each applicant’s goals.

In 2021, Texas Food & Wine Alliance awarded $54,000 in grants to eight winners in Austin and four winners in San Antonio.

2021 scholarship winners:

  • San Antonio

    • A four-acre farm space dedicated to experimenting with permaculture, indigenous agricultural education, and addressing food insecurity (Food Policy Council of San Antonio, $5,000)

    • The First Bottled, Locally Sourced Olive Leaf Iced Tea (Special Leaf, $5,000)

    • A non-profit organization aimed at reducing obesity and malnutrition by increasing accessibility to fresh produce (Gardopia Gardens, $5,000)

    • A program of nonprofit and community outreach events providing a safe and inclusive space for all San Antonians (The Good Kind, $2,000)

  • Austin

    • A low-sugar barbecue sauce company inspired by the eating habits inherited from generations of African Americans in Central Texas (Connie Jo’s All-Purpose Sauces, $7,500)

    • A nonprofit social enterprise reconnecting refugees with agricultural heritage to fair pay and dignified employment opportunities (Multicultural Refugee Coalition, $5,000)

    • A woman-run company that makes artisanal fermented vegetable dressings using organic produce and pure avocado oil (The Cultured Carrot, $5,000)

    • A bakery using exclusively Texas-grown heirloom grains to make coveted pastries, breads and pizzas from a charming storefront in Dripping Springs (Abby Jane Bakeshop, $5,000)

    • A nutrient-rich juice brand bringing the native flavors of Grenada to Austinites (Jeany’s Caribbean Elixirs, $5,000)

    • A grassroots organization providing engaging gardening and cooking classes for children in a fair and culturally appropriate way (Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability, $5,000)

    • A farmers market favorite specializing in globally inspired tacos and sandwiches using locally sourced vegetables and pork (Ninja Pig, $2,500)

    • An agricultural enterprise connecting children and lifelong learners to food origins in a soil-based educational farm (Barking Dog Farm, $2,000)

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