It’s not too late! The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is still accepting applications for its grant program before the deadline this Friday, October 2, at midnight. This year, the AFWA will be awarding $40,000 in grants to support culinary innovation and community giveback with local culinary organizations and individuals. Since the organization began four years ago, the Alliance’s one-of-a-kind grant program will have awarded $115,000 including this year’s grants. The Alliance’s grant program is the first in the nation to provide funding to support culinary innovation that also gives back to the local community.

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.

AFWA grants have funded innovative local projects such as the state’s first organic apple orchard (Argus Cidery), a unique food preservation project for a mobile kitchen and traveling canning museum (Confituras), the first USDA-inspected salumi producer in Texas (Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria), the state’s first locally grown and malted barley to support craft beer production (Blacklands Malt), and a unique volunteer program teaching farming skills to diverse populations and culinary students (New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms).

Grant applications are available online at

For more information about the AFWA or the grant program, visit, call512.348.6847 or email 

WHEN:             Deadline for grant program applications is Friday, October 2, at midnight


Grant applications are available online at


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Hayden Walker
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Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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