Supporting the next generation of food systems scholars 

Through the support of an endowment established with the signing of the UK Dining contract in 2016, The Food Connection offers an annual grant program to support students interested in topics broadly related to food systems. 

Grants projects are reviewed and funded through a competitive application process and may receive up to $10,000 in funding, though smaller awards are more typical. A UK faculty or professional staff member must be designated as project leader or co-leader, and UK students must be participants or beneficiaries. A total of $40,000 is distributed on an annual bases. 

The annual call for proposals is released in the spring semester, and awards are released at the end of the semester. Information on previously funded projects is available in the links to the left. 

Interested students, staff, or faculty should download contact our faculty chair Leigh Maynard with any questions by email at, or call 257-7286.