Grant Program

Applications for the 2018 Smokin' With Smithfield Grant program are now open.

Proud to be the largest pork producer in the world, Smithfield has been providing quality, hand-trimmed products for families to prepare in their kitchens and backyards since 1938. We have continued to grow our support of passionate barbecue enthusiasts engaged in the sport of barbecue. Smithfield is investing in the future of barbecue and is now accepting applications for the Smokin' With Smithfield Grant Program designed to support barbecue competitions across the United States.

The Smokin' With Smithfield Grant Program is open to Nonprofit, Community, and Event Organizers that host sanctioned barbecue contests, while delivering key services and resources to the contest's participating teams.

While Smithfield has other barbecue-specific programs that support the sport at all levels, our Smokin' With Smithfield Grant Program provides funding to sanctioned competitions to make them more enticing to both the Cooks and the General Public. Smokin’ With Smithfield Grants range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $4,500 to deepen the entire prize purse payout among the top 10 of all categories and top 10 overall.

In-Kind Product Donations: Smithfield added a new tier to the Grant Program this year, 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.

Applications are currently being accepted for sanctioned barbecue contests, local community events and fundraisers occurring in 2018. All applications must be submitted by November 1, 2017.

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.

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To have your competition event considered for a Smokin' With Smithfield Grant, please complete all fields in the application form below.

Before submitting a Smokin' With Smithfield Grant Application, be sure to set aside time to thoroughly fill out the application. You will not be able to go back and update your application once submitted.

Smithfield will carefully consider each application. If your event is selected for a potential Grant, a Smithfield Grant Coordinator will contact you to continue the screening process. All Grant decisions are in the sole discretion of Smithfield. Any Grant awarded by Smithfield is subject to and contingent on the recipient's acceptance of and compliance with Smithfield's standard terms and conditions, which will be provided upon notification of any potential Grant award.

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BBQ Contest Information (optional if applying for a Grant In-Kind Product Donation)

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