Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide society of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities.
The LDEI Atlanta chapter was founded in 1996, and since that time has grown to become a highly-regarded asset to members, a frontrunner in chapter accomplishment within the organization, and a philanthropic leader in our community. Our membership of over 100 women includes professional chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, farmers, food retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food journalists and historians, winemakers and wine industry professionals, food publicists, culinary educators and hospitality executives.
Each year, Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI) Atlanta provides thousands of dollars of funding and numerous volunteer hours to local organizations. We specifically focus on helping organizations working in the areas of: green tables/farming, global culinary initiatives, the culinary community and programs that teach cooking, nutrition or support anti-hunger work.
Grant applications for both funding and volunteer hours are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. In 2015, applications will be analyzed two times – April 1 (for those applications received on or before April 1) and October 1 (for those applications received between April 2 and September 30) with answers regarding grants or volunteer time given by May 1 or November 1. Requests not given grants or volunteer time on May 1 will automatically be placed into consideration for the November 1 review period. LDEI Atlanta will give only one financial grant per organization per calendar year and only to registered 501c3 non-profit organizations.
Tamie Cook, VP Philanthropy
Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta Chapter
Les Dames d’Escoffier / Atlanta Chapter
Grant and Volunteer Application
Organization Contact Information: Name of Organization/501c3 #:________________________________________________________
Founding Date of Organization (MM/DD/YY): ____________________________________________
Please describe the community impact of your organization, including the clients or beneficiaries of your organization and how they make use of your services (limit 300 characters): ____________
Geographic Area Serviced (select all that apply):
____ Dunwoody ____ East Point/College Park____ Virginia Highlands
____ Druid Hills ____ South Atlanta ____ Grant Park
____ Sandy Springs ____ Edgewood/Inman Park ____ West End
____ Other (Please specify)________________________
Client Population Served (be as specific as possible): _______________________________________
Racial/Ethnic Population Served: _______________________________________________________
The focus of Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta Chapter charitable giving is around programs that support: green tables/farming, global culinary initiatives, programs that support the culinary community, teach cooking or nutrition skills or hunger programs. Please give how your program would fit into these goals (limit 200 words):__________________________________________________________
Does your organization have prior experience with Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta Chapter? If yes, please specify how. _________________________________________________________________
20. Project Name (or what will these funds and/or volunteers be used for?) Please be as specific as possible.________________________________________________________________________
21. Indicate the number of people you anticipate will be served by this program annually. __________
22. Give at least three (3) quantitative benefits of the project (i.e. how many people will be fed, how many people will receive nutritional education programs, etc.):
Quantitative Benefit 1:_______________________________________________________________
Quantitative Benefit 2:_______________________________________________________________
Quantitative Benefit 3:_______________________________________________________________
23. Give at least three (3) qualitative benefits of the project (i.e. how will people’s lives to changed or improved as a result of the project, what is the impact this project will have on children, etc.):
Qualitative Benefit 1:________________________________________________________________
Qualitative Benefit 2:________________________________________________________________
Qualitative Benefit 3:________________________________________________________________
Funding Request Information:
If not requesting funding, please skip to question 31.
24. Amount of Requested Funds: $________________________________________________________
25. Total Project Cost: $_________________________________________________________________
26. Goals of Project:____________________________________________________________________
27. Beginning and Ending Dates of Project: _________________________________________________
Please provide a budget for this project._________________________________________________
What are the other sources of funding for this project besides LDEI Atlanta? Please provide your organization’s sources of funding including fundraising, government grants, corporate, faith-based, individual donations, fees and any other sources of funding. (300 character limit)________________
Expected Date of Expenditure of Funds: _________________________________________________
Volunteer Request Information:
If not requesting volunteers, please skip to question 41.
Minimum and Maximum Number of Volunteers Needed from LDEI Atlanta:_____________________
Estimated Number of Volunteer Hours Requested Total and Per Person:_______________________
Please give specific examples of what the LDEI volunteer might do with your organization. (limit 400 characters). ________________________________________________________________________
Please provide dates and time requirements, if you have them. If not, please provide as much information as possible about timing for volunteer hours. (i.e. month, day, evening, approximate number of hours of each shift or project, etc.)____________________________________________
What, if any, skills are needed by LDEI Atlanta volunteers?__________________________________
Will special training be necessary for volunteers? If yes, what is the time, date and location of the training? If you don’t have a specific date, please give as much information as possible (i.e. month, day, evening, approximate number of hours): ____________________________________________
Does the volunteer need any materials or equipment for the project? If yes, will it be provided? If no, will they be reimbursed if it needs to be purchased (i.e. food for a cooking demo)? ___________
Describe the site where volunteers will complete their work. Please provide information about parking, parking costs and security if needed._____________________________________________
What percentage of your total volunteer force would LDEI Atlanta comprise if your maximum volunteer request were granted? ______________________________________________________
Are there any specific requirements that volunteers must satisfy prior to working in the program (i.e. background checks, etc.)__________________________________________________________
How will volunteers schedule their service?______________________________________________
Partnership Commitment If approved, would your organization be able to provide a written update of the project that LDEI Atlanta provides funding or volunteer hours for by July 1, 2016 and/or December 1, 2016, or when the project is completed (whichever comes first or if ongoing project, provide an update.)? Report does not need to be long but should include qualitative and quantitative results and photos if appropriate. If no, why not?___________________________________________________________
Would your organization be willing to provide a link to the Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta website? If not, why not? ______________________________________________________________________
If approved as a partner for either funding or volunteer hours, would you consent to be listed as a Community Partner on the LDEI Atlanta website?__________________________________________
If approved, would your organization allow for the LDEI Atlanta logo to be included in printed and online materials related to the project, and allow LDEI Atlanta to be recognized in any publicity related to the project? If no, why not? __________________________________________________
Is there anything else that your organization would like to do to promote the partnership between yourself and LDEI Atlanta? ____________________________________________________________
Are you willing to allow LDEI Atlanta to host a board meeting or program meeting at your facility? __________________________________________________________________________________
I certify that to the best of my knowledge,
The information in this grant application is true.
The organization applying for the grant is a 501(C)3 in good standing.
Funds or volunteers will not be used in fundraising activities or any act that is illegal, morally questionable or is contrary to the mission of Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta Chapter.
_____________________________________________________________________________________Signature of Applicant Printed Name Title Date
_____________________________________________________________________________________Signature of Executive Director Printed Name Title Date
Please send the above application, a 501(c)3 designation letter and last year’s annual financial statements to:
Tamie Cook, VP Philanthropy
Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta Chapter
1415 Womack Avenue
East Point, GA 30344
or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions or comments can be sent to email@example.com or 404.642.3232.
Deadline: Grant applications for both funding and volunteer hours are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. In 2016, applications will be analyzed two times – April 1 (for those applications received on or before April 1) and October 1 (for those applications received between April 2 and September 30) with answers regarding grants or volunteer time given by May 1 or November 1. Requests not given grants or volunteer time on May 1 will automatically be placed into consideration for the November 1 review period. LDEI Atlanta will give only one financial grant per organization per calendar year and only to registered 501c3 non-profit organizations.