The Austin Food & Wine Alliance handed out $30,000 in grants tonight at an event at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center to five local food businesses and nonprofits.
This is the third year for the grant program, which is funded both by the Austin Food & Wine Festival and by independent events Wine & Swine and Live Fire that are hosted by AFWA .
This year’s winners were the New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms, which received the top grant for $10,000 to create a volunteer program that will help teach farming skills to both culinary students and underserved populations.
A new effort called the Springdale Center for Urban Agriculture received $7,500 to work with local chefs to plant test plots of heirloom crops not previously grown in Central Texas.
Receiving $5,000 each were the Fresh Chefs Society, a nonprofit that provides hands-on cooking lessons for youth, and the Growers Alliance of Central Texas, a cooperative of Central Texas farmers that has established a Medical Relief Fund for farmers and ranchers.
A small local Indian food business called Anjore received $2,500 to help owner Deepa Shridhar expand her business to include a pop-up restaurant at local farmers’ markets.
The alliance, which also acknowledged Delysia Chocolatier with a honorable mention, has now awarded $75,000 in grants to Central Texas food companies and nonprofits.