Grant Opportunities for Food System Organizations and Businesses
Grant opportunities for food assistance partners:
Compass Pro Bono Consulting Services: Grants pro bono consulting services (valued at $200,000+) to nonprofits that benefit the Greater Washington community. Volunteer teams of experienced business professionals provide consulting to nonprofits in Board Development, Funding Strategy, Strategic Planning, Strategic Partnerships & Collaborations, Strategic Marketing, and more.
Application Deadline: June 7
The W. K. Kellogg Foundation: Accepts healthy kids and community/civic engagement grant applications throughout the year with no submission deadline.
The program provides short-term financing support to qualifying nonprofit entities between the award date of a government contract and the actual receipt date of those awarded funds.
Application accepted on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis.
Open Road Alliance Charitable Grants: This grant is for organizations engaging in direct COVID-19 response. They will prioritize organizations and activities that have a clear and direct role in ‘flattening the curve’ and thus limiting, shortening, or minimizing the economic and social, as well as health effects of the pandemic.
Organizations can apply for up to $100,000 and can cover any geography and any sector, providing they can demonstrate that they are directly contributing to ‘flattening the curve’ in their community.
Reopen Montgomery County Grant: The grants will reimburse Montgomery County businesses and nonprofits for expenses incurred to comply with State and County reopening requirements.
Grants up to $5,000 still available to provide assistance to small businesses and nonprofits: Montgomery County businesses that have purchased items they need to comply with State and County regulations to protect the public health are encouraged to apply.
Grant opportunities for food businesses and farms:
The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP): The FMPP funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products by developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales or other direct producer-to-consumer (including direct producer-to-retail, direct producer-to-restaurant and direct producer-to-institutional marketing) market opportunities.
Application Deadline: June 21
The Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience and Access Coalition (MAFRAC) Local Food Grant Application: MAFRAC is offering funding to help local businesses and nonprofits source from local farmers and food businesses. The Local Food Grant is an initiative that supports food relief by nonprofits and businesses that are distributing food for free or pay-what-you-can models. MAFRAC will pay for the local foods you are giving away, up to $15,000. Learn more.
Good Food Doing Good Microgrant Program: This grant opportunity provides up to $2,500 in funding to individual food entrepreneurs and/or including food growers, and up to $7,500 in funding to 501(c)3 nonprofit cooperatives, culinary incubators, and/or workforce development programs to build capacity to scale their products more broadly.
Preference will be given to growers or producers of healthy, culturally relevant foods that fit USDA K-12 meal pattern requirements and for prepared items such as condiments, sauces, soups, stews, breads, and entrees.
Summer deadline: July 30th, Fall/Winter deadline: November 30th.
COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund: Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Labor have launched the new COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, which is designed to support businesses undergoing economic stresses due to the pandemic by preventing or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs. The award (up to $50,000 per applicant), will be a quick deployable benefit and customizable to the specific needs of your business to minimize the need for layoffs.
Food Security Community Call
Every other Monday, 1:00 to 2:00pm. Please register in advance.