Grant Program

Proud to be the largest pork producer in the country, 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 a new 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 new Grant Program provides funding to sanctioned competitions to make them more enticing to both the Cooks and the General Public. Recipients of the Grant will receive $5,000 to deepen the prize payouts to the top 20% of the field.

Applications for sanctioned barbecue contests occurring in 2017 are closed. If interested in applying for a 2018 Smokin' With Smithfield Grant, please apply below.

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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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