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APPLY NOW: Slow Food Negroni Week fund

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Slow Food Negroni Week fund calls for applications to provide direct support (through incubator grants) to global activities, particularly those projects that support and promote quality food and beverage while helping to preserve cultural and biological diversity and elevate consumer education and knowledge exchange.

Their aim is to support community-led projects that are leading the transformation of the global food system through preserving cultural and biological diversity, promoting food and beverage education and knowledge exchange, and raising awareness on critical food and beverage issues.

Funding Goal
With respect to their aim, your project must contribute to achieving the expected Goals of the fund.
⦁ Implement change in local food and beverage systems by adopting more sustainable and inclusive practices.
⦁ Increase synergies between diverse stakeholders in the food chain, build partnerships between producers and local partners, and create long-term robust local food economies.
⦁ Support the world of production that preserves cultural and biological diversity and on the other hand consumer education and knowledge exchange.

Grants Levels
⦁ Small Grants: From USD $3,000 to USD $5,000
⦁ Medium Grants: From USD $5,001 to USD $10,000
⦁ Large Grants: From USD $10,001 to USD $15,000
The funding will be paid in two installments:
1. an advance payment at the signature of the contract and
2. a balance payment after the approval of the full impact report survey.
The percentage of the advance payment will be defined according to the country, type of activities, and budget, (Different arrangements could be considered case by case).

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Deadline:
The deadline for application is April 30, 2023.

Application Criteria
The Slow Food Negroni Week Fund is open to:
⦁ Individuals and organizations of all types prioritize and work closely with the food, beverage, and hospitality sector and intend to carry out activities in line with the goals of the fund and follow Slow Food principles.
⦁ Individuals and communities working as collective projects with companies,
⦁ Individuals and stakeholders committed to achieving change in local food and beverage systems by adopting more sustainable and inclusive practices (They represent examples of replicable good practices to create tangible change in food production, processing, distribution, and consumption).

Requirements
⦁ Grantees must commit to filling out interim and final report surveys to communicate the results achieved by their initiative and to share any relevant supporting material (photos, videos, etc.).

⦁ Interim and Final Report Surveys will include a summary of the project and reached goals, the number of people involved, a list of partners that took part in the project implementation, and outcomes related to the project goals. Medium and large grants initiatives will be asked to prepare – in addition to the final report survey – a financial report of expenses incurred.
(Granted initiatives must complete their activities by May 31, 2024, at the latest)

To Apply
Please complete the online application form here.
The application form consists of two parts:
1. A first part where you are asked to include all relevant information regarding the project, and
2. A second part where you are requested to attach the budget (mandatory requirement) and any relevant document or links (i.e. photos, videos, presentations)

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Review and Evaluation of the application
Applications will be evaluated during a two-month process (maximum) involving reviews from experts and peers from across the world. The expert and peers review panel members (maximum 15 people) will be carefully chosen by the Slow Food International Board of Directors for their commitment to the food and beverage sector and Slow Food involvement. The panel will be made up of one member of Slow Food International, one representative of the Slow Food network from each continent, one representative of Imbibe, Campari Global, and a maximum of 4 other members from the local network.

Proposals will be scored according to the following evaluation criteria:
1. impact on the local community
2. alignment with the goals of the Fund
3. alignment with Slow Food values
4. feasibility
It will be evaluated by the capability of the projects to reach the expected Goals of the Fund:
Implement change in local food and beverage systems by adopting more sustainable and inclusive practices.
Increase synergies between diverse stakeholders in the food chain, build partnerships between producers and local partners, and create long-term robust local food economies.
Support the world of production that preserves cultural and biological diversity and on the other hand consumer education and knowledge exchange.

The Review Panel approach will be also guided by the following Slow Food values:
Good, Clean, and Fair: empowering the development of local food systems, mindful of the diversity of ecosystems, people, cultures, places, foods, and tastes; creating resilient systems which regenerate the Earth’s precious resources rather than depleting them; creating economies based on solidarity and cooperation that benefit and empower all food workers and consumers, where everyone is a valued decision-maker: social equity through fair working conditions, inclusivity of all peoples, ethnicities, and genders
A community focus: deploying people- and community-centered approaches that best respond to the varied needs of everyone involved, taking appropriate action to create local, independently-minded food and beverage systems where they are most needed.
Impact and effective actions: promoting projects and activities that contribute to the international strategic goals of Slow Food, namely defending cultural and biological diversity, promoting food education and the transfer of traditional knowledge and skills, and advocating for more sustainable food policies.

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For more information, visit Slow Food Negroni, Week Fund.

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