Scholarship and Community Investment

The most important aspect of our organization is its mission to mentor and support women in food, farming, beverage and hospitality. To that end, our Scholarship and Community Investment committee is focusing on providing funds or material goods to girls and women in three distinct areas:

1. Books and/or equipment for students in culinary school
2. Funds for women for continuing education to further their careers in food, farming, beverage, hospitality
3. Co-funding summer internships for at-risk young women in partnership with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s Opportunity NOW Initiative.




This is a material, not cash, award to assist the applicant in furthering her studies at an accredited institution. This may take the form of equipment, such as chef’s knife set, books, and/or uniforms.


This cash grant is designed to assist women in furthering their careers in the fields of food, beverage, hospitality and farming. It can take form of a continuing education class, conference fee and/or associated travel expense, professional development consultation or training, or equipment needed to advance a business. The grant will be in amounts up to $500, according to need. We offer the Career Advancement Grant on a quarterly basis, with rolling deadlines that fall in January, April, July, and October.


To apply for either grant, please download and return an application form. We are currently accepting applications for both grants until July 15, 2017

LDEI Career Advancement Grant

LDEI Nashville Culinary Assistance Grant