Fresh Taste

Fresh Taste is an initiative by thirteen Chicago-region foundations working together to relocalize the Chicago foodshed and improve equity of access to good food. Fresh Taste envisions a regional food system characterized by significant production of, and equitable access to, good food that:

  • Promotes responsible land and water stewardship
  • Provides fair value to all of those working throughout the production and distribution system
  • Is reasonably affordable
  • Promotes health


Fresh Taste partners with community organizations and businesses to promote and incubate food system innovation and collaboration. Your donation will support Fresh Taste’s work to strengthen the local food system.

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Although Fresh Taste is a foundation-led effort, and we occasionally make grants by invitation only from our Good Food Fund, grant making is not a primary purpose of Fresh Taste. Please do not send Fresh Taste letters of inquiry or formal grant proposals.

We encourage you to visit the individual websites of our members to explore their funding priorities and available grant opportunities.

These programs periodically offer grants for food systems work:

Food and Farm Communications Fund

Illinois Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

USDA Farm to School Grant Program

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program

USDA Rural Enterprise Business Grant Program

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Check out the Foundation Center Directory,, and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders for other potential sources of funding.