For the fourth year, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance will hand out grants to culinary innovators this fall.

The organization announced this week that the total amount of grants will increase to $40,000, and the submission period opens today and ends on Oct. 2.

You can apply online at

According to the non-profit, which is the beneficiary of the Austin Food & Wine Festival, eligible applicants include "farmers, artisan producers, chefs, wine/beer/spirits makers and small culinary businesses/culinary professionals whose projects and initiatives show innovation and community support."

The Food & Wine Alliance hosts a number of fundraisers throughout the year, including the upcoming Wine & Swine pig roast on Nov. 8, as well as a Culinary Arts Career Conference, which will take place in January.

Past winners have included Argus Cidery, Confituras, Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria, Blacklands Malt and New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms.