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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Public
Entities to Address Food Insecurity

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and public entities to improve access to healthier foods. A letter of inquiry (LOI) is required prior to submission of a full application. Pre-registration on the online system is required before submitting an LOI. Funding is intended to support community-based programs that use a new approach to increase access to healthier foods in regions and/or for populations that experience disproportionate rates of food insecurity.

Eligible proposals must demonstrate how the proposed project will:

  • Increase access to healthier foods as aligned with USDA's MyPlate guidance. Priority will be placed on proposals that focus on fresh foods.
  • Reach a region or population that has a food insecurity rate above 15% or other relevant data points.

The focus of this opportunity is to:

  • Reach beyond incremental change within traditional food access programs
  • To explore ideas and projects that influence the future trajectory of improving healthier food access for households experiencing disproportionate rates of food insecurity
  • Not limit thinking with strict criteria

While there may be a variety in the approach, all projects considered in this opportunity must:

  • Have the potential to scale in the future.
  • Focus on diversity, equity and/or including in project design and implementation.
  • Capture core metrics to measure the success of the project

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GrantWatch ID#: 186757

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Term of Contract:

Up to 2 years (grants will tentatively start mid-January 2020).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- While national organizations are eligible to apply, priority will be given to applicants that are community-based organizations.
- Eligible applicant organizations include public entities or nonprofit organizations that are recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations.
- Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. All work and funds must be used in the United States or its territories.
- Grants will be awarded to organizations whose projects budgets range between $300,000 and $750,000 for the 2 year project period.

Funding exclusions:
- Association/chamber memberships
- Athletic sponsorships (teams, events)
- Capital campaigns and endowments (defined as any plans to raise funds for a significant purchase or expense, such as new construction, major renovations or to help fund normal budgetary items).
- Faith-based organizations when the proposed grant will only benefit the organization or its members.
- General operating expenses
- Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
- Scholarships (tuition, room and board or any other expense related to college, university, or vocational school attendance)
- Sponsoring of fundraising events (galas, walks, races, tournaments)
- Ongoing funding and program support

Pre-Application Information:

Selections will be made through a two-step process. Organizations interested in this opportunity are invited to submit an LOI by 11:59 PM PDT/PST on September 17 using the invitation code foodacc19. Finalists will be invited to submit a full proposal by 11:59 PM PDT/PST on October 31.

If you are a first-time user, you will be prompted to create a CyberGrants account. Please allow 1-2 business days for setting up a new account.

Collaborative proposals with two or more eligible organizations will be considered; however, one organization must serve as the grantee applicant and take accountability for the overall project.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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