During the year, Slow Food works to acquire funds from public and private institutions (international organizations, foundations, multilateral donors) for the implementation of projects that contribute to strengthening the network and achieving the strategic objectives of the movement at the global level.

The activities are divided into three main areas, which are linked to each other:

  1. identification of possible calls for proposals,
  2. planning of the activities to be carried out and presentation of proposals
  3. management of the funds acquired.

Below you will find the funded projects that Slow Food is actively working on.


Operating Grant  

NGO Operating grants for 2011 – 2012 – 2013 – 2014 – 2015 – 2016 – 2017 -2018 – 2019 – 2020 under the Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE)

The Operating grant is a co-financing instrument that covers the costs that European environmental NGOs, such as Slow Food, have to bear in carrying out the activities provided for in their annual work programme in relation to EU countries.

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PPILOW – Poultry and Pig Low-input and Organic production systems’ Welfare 

End Date: august 2024 

DonorEuropean Union – DG Research 

The project aims to work on animal welfare and to co-construct, through a multi-actor approach, solutions to improve the welfare of poultry and pigs reared in organic and low-input outdoor production systems. 

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FOOD HEROES: Our compass for a future of solidarity

End Date: June 2022

Donor: European Cultural Foundation, in collaboration with Fondazione CRC

The project aims to encourage and celebrate the virtuous initiatives in the food world that are reacting to the Covid-19 emergency with ideas that may inspire others. A European campaign will be designed using the stories, comprising a digital catalogue, physical exhibitions and a social media campaign. At least one exhibition will be organized during the project lifetime and the circulation of the format will be spread throughout Europe thanks to Slow Food network. A version of the digital catalogue for schoolchildren will be realized and spread.

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MEDSNAIL: Sustainable Networks for Agro-food Innovation Leading in the Mediterranean

End Date: August 2022 

Donor: European Union – ENI CBC MED Programme  

MedSNAIL intends to tackle these issues by fostering the valorisation and development of small-scale traditional agro-food value chains, combining enhancement of market potentialities and socio-environmental sustainability. Project activities will build on the well-established experience, principles and methods of Slow Food, an international grassroots organization promoting traditional food with a strong focus on biodiversity preservation. 

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End Date: October 2022
Donor: MAVA, Fondation pour la Nature

With the support of the MAVA Foundation, the organisations Slow Food, Global Footprint Network, Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) and GOB Menorca have launched a new project aimed at reducing the “distance” between producers and consumers, as well as informing both groups about the implications for the planet of the way they produce and consume food. The project seeks to create an overarching Community of Practice (CoP) involving a diverse and comprehensive set of stakeholders (and their networks) in short value chains  to generate and share experiences and best practices, to seek workable solutions to their common challenges, and to build synergies that facilitate the transition towards fair and sustainable food systems with a low Ecological Footprint, starting in the Mediterranean region.

CINE – Cinema communities for Innovation, Networks and Environment

End date: 31 October 2021

Donor: European Union – DG Connect

The project aims to promote film in communities where cinemas don’t exist or are disappearing, focusing on their ability to serve as venues for cultural and social aggregation, while sowing the seeds of environmental and food culture among younger generations. Find out more


Community-based Value Chain Enhancement in the Greater Caucasus Mountains 

End Date: August 2021 

Donor: European Union – EuropeAid 

The project focuses on agriculture and gastronomic tourism and aim at valorizing identities and local gastronomy, conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage with some pilot actions. In longer term it will influence the state of natural resources and social environment and strengthen resilience of the territories. 

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Engaging diaspora communities in Italy in collaborative efforts to support rural development and youth employment in Senegal and Morocco

End Date: March 2021 

Donor: IFAD 

The project’s global goal is to spur rural youth job creation and income generation in Senegal and Morocco by leveraging the long-term investment of the diaspora in Italy. In line with the international recognition given to the role of diaspora investments in the development of the countries of origin, the project aims to facilitate the matching of the potentialities of the Moroccan and Senegalese diasporas present in Italy with the need of rural youth development in Morocco and Senegal, making the diasporas the actors of development in their own countries. 

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Building Local Economies in East Africa Through Agroecology 

End Date: February 2021 

Donor: Agroecology Fund 

By spreading agroecological practices and strengthening farmers’ knowledge about agroecological farming, the project aims to boost local economies and improve the livelihoods of local communities. This will be done also by enhancing market opportunities based on direct contact between producers and consumers, which will generate better income, employment and well-being (as a deep multiplier effect), and by contributing to a new narrative on agroecology, essential to raising awareness about agroecology as “the agriculture of the future” and advocating for long-lasting change. Women, youth and indigenous communities’ entrepreneurial and productive roles will be supported, and their inclusion as custodians of invaluable food biodiversity and heritage will be promoted at all levels. 

The international Slow Food association will lead the collaborative as an umbrella organization, ensuring coordination and sound knowledge-sharing and advancing the role of its African partners on the global stage in connection with international platforms and allies. It will contribute to the global conversation on agroecology as a solution to world hunger by amplifying messages and stories from the collaborative’s areas. 

The Slow Food branches in Kenya and Uganda, two countries where the proposed methodologies have already been successfully implemented for some years, will reinforce and expand the on-going actions and transfer their successful experience to territories in Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania by supporting the further development of the same approach. Activities leading to the transition to agroecology will include training, exchanges and local and regional events. 


IFAD & Slow Fooda Project Empowering Indigenous Youth and Their Communities To Defend And Promote Their Food Heritage 2017-2020 

The project aims at empowering indigenous communities and youth and improving the livelihoods of beneficiaries by protecting and promoting their food heritage and upholding the sustainability and resilience of their practices. This will be done by increasing the economic value of the food heritage products and by strengthening the global network called “Indigenous Terra Madre”.  

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Food & Tourism for Mountain Development 

End Date: December 2020 

Donor: FAO 

Building upon the MPP experience and the “Slow Food Travel” initiative, which aims at promoting travel experiences in line with the Slow Food philosophy, the MP Secretariat with Slow Food and the Philippines’ Department of Tourism-Cordillera Administrative Region (DoT–CAR) have jointly developed a new pilot called “Food & Tourism for Mountain Development”. Unique and biodiverse gastronomic identities will constitute the heart of the project and will underpin all its activities, by interlinking all relevant stakeholders along tourist itineraries, including: smallholder producers, artisans organizations, osterias, agritourism, hotels, restaurants, inns, bars, leisure venues, as well as connected activities such as fairs, events, food and wine tastings, visits to food companies and farms etc. The ultimate goal is to promote a sustainable model of tourism by developing connections among small scale farmers, cooperatives and businesses while raising awareness among visitors (consumers) about the importance of preserving biodiversity, agro-biodiversity, cultural heritage and local gastronomy.  Specifically, the project will develop a sustainable tourism model for the Cordillera Region, developed and implemented in the selected sites of the provinces of Benguet and Ifugao, based on the improvement of value chains of high-quality mountain products, the promotion of agrobiodiversity and local gastronomic heritage. 

Food is Culture 

End Date: December 2020 

Donor: European Union – Creative Europe 

It aims to make European citizens aware that food heritage is a means of expressing their belonging to Europe and better understanding the wealth and uniqueness of Europe’s cultural diversity, paying more attention to safeguarding and promoting our shared food heritage.

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SLOW FOOD – CE: Culture, Heritage, Identity and Food

End Date: June 2020 

Donor: European Union – Interreg Central Europe 

Its main goal is to improve the capacities of local actors to promote the intangible heritage of food in a vision that integrates economic, environmental and social sustainability. This is made with an alliance among five European cities, which have mapped their territory and planned specific pilot actions, developing a transferable model for any other city.    

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Strengthening of a good, clean and fair food system in Yucatan and Chiapas, based on the sustainability model of the international Slow Food movement 

End Date: June 2020 

Donor: Kellogg Foundation 

The project will build upon the work already carried out by Slow Food and the Kellogg Foundation on the Maya agro-forestry system with actions on the creole hairless pig, native xunankab bee and pumpkin seeds Presidia in Yucatan.

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Meat the change

End Date: June 2020 

DonorItalian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection 

The project, funded by the Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection within the framework of a call for initiatives to disseminate and raise awareness on sustainable development issues, provides for the implementation of a digital campaign to raise awareness and dissemination on the impact of meat consumption on the environment and the climate addressed to Italian consumers.

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Slow Fish Caribe 

End Date: June 2020

Donors: European Union – EuropeAid 

The project promotes the conservation of the biodiversity of Caribbean coastal ecosystems and coral reefs, consolidating good practices for the sustainable use of food resources in protected areas called Biosphere Reserves, essential in the fight against poverty and for the promotion of food security. 

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Food and Stories for Multiculturalism and Integration  

Slow Food is committed to involving migrant communities in foreign nations, but also to encouraging their direct engagement in their native countries from an international cooperation perspective. With its project, Slow Food wants to connect first- and second-generation migrant communities with the different territories through food, providing them with concrete tools to help them become independent and create economies in the food sector. 

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Grass Malawi 

The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation has funded a one-year project (October 2018 – October 2019) called G.R.A.S.S (Growth and Resilience in Agriculture for Sustainable Societies). The Project is developed by Fondazione Slow Food for the Biodiversity ONLUS and Comunità di Sant’Egidio ACAP ONLUS in the central and southern region of Malawi, more precisely in the Dowa, Blantyre, BalakaDedzdaMangochiMachinga districts. The project will develop the resilience of people living with HIV in southern and central Malawi through creation of 30 community gardens, educational training activities about nutrition, food safety and hygiene.   

National Inventory of origin-linked food products in Georgia

Developed in the framework of the joint FAO-EBRD project on “Support to Sustainable Value Chains through the Development of Geographical Indications in the Dairy Sector of Georgia, 2017-2019”. 

The project developed the Inventory of origin-linked Georgian food products, in order to provide basic data and information on origin-linked food and agricultural products from Georgia’s regions and geographical spots. A total of 19 origin-linked products which are included in this Inventory,  registered as GIs in Georgia and are therefore protected as Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). 

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To learn more about past funded projects, click here

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