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2018 Smokin' With Smithfield Grant Program

November 29, 2017

Dear Event Organizers,

Smithfield is thrilled to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Smokin’ With Smithfield Grant Program for 2018. Smithfield saw such a strong success with the 2017 Grant Program, that we decided to expand our reach to even more great events in the year to come.  The Smokin’ With Smithfield Grant Program is open to Non-Profit, Community and Event Organizers that host sanctioned BBQ contests. All while delivering key services and resources to the contest’s participating cook teams.

The Smokin’ With Smithfield Grant Program provides funding to sanctioned BBQ competitions to encourage participation among Cook teams. The Smokin’ With Smithfield Grant ranges from $1,000 to $4,500, to deepen the entire prize purse payout among the top 10 of all categories and top 10 overall. We believe that deepening the prize payout to the top 10 in each category and overall encourages more teams to compete; knowing that they have the opportunity to win back a portion of their competition expenses.

This year, Smithfield will also add a new category for In-Kind Product Donations. To be considered for a Smokin’ With Smithfield Grant in-kind donation, your organization must be a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Recipients of the in-kind product donation will not be eligible to receive Grant funding. 

Pork Loin Ancillary Category: In 2018, Smithfield will be offering meat and prize money to events interested in conducting an ancillary pork loin category. Smithfield will provide $500 in prize money and boneless loins to Grant recipients interested in conducting this ancillary contest.  Contestants within the Pork Loin Ancillary Category should be judged on their creativity, as well as the typical Taste, Tenderness and Appearance measures.  Contestants should take photos and share on social media using the hashtag #showusyoursmithfield.

If you’re interested or know an event that could benefit from the Smokin’ With Smithfield Grant, we encourage you to apply. Applications must be submitted by October 25, 2017 and are valid only for competition events held in 2018. All contests that are selected to receive a 2018 Grant will be notified no later than January 8, 2018.

We wish all events success in the coming year.  For additional information and to apply for the Smokin’ With Smithfield Grant, please visit: www.smokinwithsmithfield.com.

Please note: All events seeking sponsorship from Smithfield are required to fill out an application by 10/25/17 to be considered for monetary or product donations in 2018.


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