Austin Fresh Grant

From The Lumpkin Family Foundation

The Lumpkin Family Foundation supports people working together to build healthy, sustainable communities in East Central Illinois and across the US.

Type of Support


The Lumpkin Family Foundation and collaborating foundations are united in the belief that access to healthy, affordable food is a human right and critical to community health. We envision an equitable Chicagoland region in which all people have knowledge of and access to healthy. The program exists to expand healthy retail options, support community gardens and local food production, grow food enterprises, and protect and strengthen food assistance programs in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.

Examples of the types of ideas we would welcome include (but are in no way limited to):

  • Community food gardens which increase access to healthy, affordable food
  • Neighborhood or school habitat projects that support food production (e.g. pollinator gardens) or which give residents greater access to nature (even if they aren’t directly related to food production)
  • Community kitchens and other processing enterprises that add value to food and empower entrepreneurs to build businesses and create jobs
  • Food cooperatives
  • Nutrition education or cooking classes focused on the preparation of fresh and healthy meals, or community cooking efforts, in which the effort of creating prepared meals is shared, to make it easier for families to eat well
  • Food as medicine approaches to health which focus on diet and nutrition
  • Commercial ventures designed to increase access to healthy or local food while building the economy of the Austin community (provided a non-profit organization is the applicant)


Organization's Location
Program Location
IL (Austin)
Organization Type
Fiscally-sponsored organizations

Anchor applicants must be led by members of the affected community.

up to 1M


You may submit applications every year.
Step 1: Pre-proposal
Step 2: Full proposal (invite only)
Contact info
Monique B. Schlichtman
(773) 420-7074
Review Criteria
  • Organizations must demonstrate that they are actively and always trying to learn from their work, and improve their approaches, even if that involves risk.
  • Organizations must demonstrate that they are open to shared learning and working collaboratively.