GRANT CRITERIA

     Please note that the Foundation does not accept any unsolicited applications.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Grantees must be public charities classified as exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Grantees must operate in the Foundation's current geographical area.
  • Grants to help provide food to those in need are generally only made to larger regional food banks.
  • The Foundation does not award grants to:
    • Conferences, seminars, forums, summits, or think-tanks;
    • Endowments;
    • Individuals;
    • Museum or art exhibits;
    • Private school tuition;
    • Support religious activities (nonreligious activities provided by religious organizations may be eligible for grant funding);
    • University research.

Grant Guidelines

  • The Foundation accepts only proposals submitted through our online system. We do not accept any unsolicited applications; grants are made by invitation only.
  • The Foundation funds organizations addressing poverty throughout the food system, working in the areas of food distribution, nutrition education, and local & sustainable agriculture.
  • Grant cycles range from annual to multi-year grant awards.
  • Generally, the Foundation's policy is to offer general operating grants - funds not assigned to a particular project.
  • Grants are rolling and are awarded throughout the calendar year.
  • Grantees must have the capability to collect data and evaluate outcomes and goals.