1235 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee FL •  850.942.2557

Community Grant & Essay Contest


New Leaf Market Co-op Community Fund Grant is offered to promote local food production, a sustainable environment, and healthy lifestyles. One $1,500 grant will be awarded this year. Applications are accepted June 1-July 31, 2017. In addition, New Leaf Market Co-op will also be awarding $500 to a local fourth or fifth grade classroom with the winning essay in our essay contest. Questions? Please email Carol Lombard at carol.lombard@board.newleafmarket.coop or call 850-273-0515.

The submission periods for our 2017 Community Fund Grant and Essay Contest have ended. Winners will be announced at New Leaf Market’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

$1,500 Grant

The following local organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply for the Community Fund Grant:

  • Local organizations defined as nonprofit under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Projects which address childhood health and obesity concerns in the community
  • Organizations which seek to reduce hunger or improve access to local, natural and/or organic food and products in the community
  • Events, education programs and projects that focus on improving the quality of life for our communities’ residents, particularly as it relates to health, nutrition, education and environmental preservation
  • Any local project that contributes to a sustainable environment
  • Any business which builds relationships and co-operation in the community
  • Classroom teachers in the community whose projects relate to the above criteria  

Requests from the following organizations will not be considered:

  • Political or advocacy groups
  • Service clubs or fraternal organizations
  • Third-party fundraisers
  • Public clubs funded through membership fees
  • Sporting events or sports teams
  • Scholarships
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Applications will be accepted June 1-July 31, 2017. Any application received after July 31, 2017 will not be considered. Winners will be notified by September 1, 2017. Winners will attend the award ceremony during New Leaf Market’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The winner will report back to the Board of Directors the following spring to share the outcomes of their project.
Please submit all $1,500 Grant Applications electronically. Either download the application and email to Carol.Lombard@board.newleafmarket.coop or complete online application. Links for both are below.

Download $1,500 Grant Application* or Complete Online Application.

$500 Essay Contest

This essay contest is open to fourth and fifth-grade students. Essays must be legibly written or typed and between 500-1,000 words in length.

Essay Prompt: “Clean air and clean water are essential for life on earth. How could protecting the environment make people healthier?” Teachers are encouraged to have students write drafts and final copies. Only submit the final copies.

Due Date: Hand deliver or mail the essays (maximum of five per classroom) and application (one per classroom) in a large brown envelope to the Parkway New Leaf Market store by 5:00 p.m. on November 17, 2017 for consideration. The award will be given to the classroom teacher of the winning essay.

Attention: Essay Contest
New Leaf Market Co-op
1235 Apalachee Parkway

Tallahassee, FL 32301

Judges and Scoring: Judges will consist of teachers, New Leaf Board members, and other community leaders and will be scored using a writing rubric.

Awarding: The winning teacher will be notified by December 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. A public announcement will be made on December 15, 2017. Funds must be used for classroom supplies, field trips, or educational programming, and should be expended within the 2017-2018 school year.

Arrangements will be made for an awards ceremony, after making plans with the teacher, classroom and school.

Download $500 Essay Contest Application.

2016 Grant Winners: Tallahassee Backyard Produce Project & The Living Classroom @ Heritage HubBackyard garden progress.

As of March 2017, the Tallahassee Backyard Produce Project has helped a total of 26 members in the community gain some level of food independence. Six homes, with a varying household number have received a raised garden bed.

As proposed in the grant application, 15 homes and an estimated number of 60 individuals would be served using the funds from the grant, over an eight month period. We are excited to report that we are on target of our proposed timeline of establishing three "grow-ready" homes per month. Remaining funds will allow us to continue establishing gardens around Tallahassee. Please see the attached budget to see how the funds have been spent.

The Living Classroom @ Heritage Hub is the garden installed at the Frenchtown Heritage Hub that provides a constant source of workshops and fresh, seasonal produce to community residents and market-goers.

Community volunteers and market goers have had the opportunity to be involved of every stage of creating the Living Classroom, from building the beds out of reclaimed wood to planting via direct seeding and transplant every season to the garden art installations.

We also make sure to do a portion of the plants every season with seeds from the Leon County Seed Library, as an example of what can be grown with the free seeds available to all Leon County residents!

Produce is used in cooking demos at the market, given away to market customers, or donated to Food not Bombs or other non-profits.

A big thank you to New Leaf for supporting this effort, and to UF-IFAS Leon County Cooperative Extension, First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, Food not Bombs, Mark & the Tallahassee Vegetarian Society, Oasis Center for Women & Girls, Mel Marques, and everyone else who has participated in Living Classroom activities!

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