Grant Opportunities for Food System Organizations and Businesses
Grant opportunities for food assistance partners:
Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant: This program supports design projects, financing strategies, and/or implementation of green street projects. This program also supports white papers on innovative ideas for green infrastructure and charrettes to plan and vision a green street project with developers, citizens, planners, and other key stakeholders. Eligible applicants include local governments, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood/community associations.
The deadline for applications is 4 pm EST, Thursday, March 4th.
Impact 100 DC Grant: Grants are available for organizations working in one or more of the focus areas of Impact 100 (Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family, or Health & Wellness).
Deadline for grant proposals is March 8, 2021.
Garden Grant Program: The grant provides $3,000 to support a new or existing edible educational garden at a K-12 school or non-profit organization.
The application opens on February 15th, 2021 and closes onMarch 31st, 2021.
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.
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.
Grant opportunities for food businesses and farms:
Maryland Value Added Producer Matching Grant: MVAPMG – USDA Option is designed to encourage participation in USDA’s highly competitive Value Added Producer Grant Program (which has both planning and working capital components). To be eligible to apply to MARBIDCO for funding, an applicant must also be eligible under the USDA VAPG Program, and funds will only be awarded to those who actually receive the USDA VAPG award.
Deadline: March 8, at 4 p.m
The Maryland Urban Farmer Relief Grant : provides grants of $500 to urban farmers to assist with a portion of the costs associated with the urban commercial production of locally grown food products this spring. Urban farmers played a significant role in helping to feed city residents during the pandemic.
First-round applications are due by March 15, 2021.Learn more.
The Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Relief Grant: provides grants of between $500 and $2,000 to persons holding State submerged land and/or water column aquaculture leases. The grants can assist shellfish aquaculture producers with their spring planting expenses, some of which are mandated under State law. There are approximately 175 oyster farms in Maryland, and many of these farms experienced large revenue losses in 2020 because of a dramatic decline in restaurant sales.
First-round applications are due by March 15, 2021. Learn more.
Gardens for Good: The Gardens for Good grant program supports community gardens across North America who are growing organic food and doing good in their communities. Twenty one garden projects will be awarded $5,000 each this year! Deadline for applications is March 24th.
BIPOC Farmer Mini-Grant: Organic Farmers Association and the Rodale Institute are partnering to offer a micro-grant program specifically targeted to support small-scale BIPOC farmers, whether organic, transitioning to organic, or an aspiring organic farmer.
Any U.S. small-scale BIPOC farmer who is currently organic or wishes to pursue the transition process to become organic, or any student/intern/apprentice involved in an organic operation is eligible to apply for these funds. Deadline for applications is March 31st.
Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program: The grant program provides $3,000 to organizations looking to support a new or existing edible educational garden located at a K-12 school or a non-profit organization that serves children in the K-12 grade range. To be eligible, the school or organization must meet the following requirements:
Be a charter or public school including tribally controlled and Bureau of Indian Education schools, non-profit private school, or a non-profit organization or tribal entity that serves children in the K-12 age range
Engage at least 10 children on a regular basis
Be growing edible plants in your garden
Applications are due March 31st, 2021.
The Maryland Wood Products Industry Equity Investment Relief Fund (WIPPIE): provides grants of 20% to 33% of a project’s cost up to $225,000, with the aim to help forest harvesters and wood fiber processors to purchase new equipment or construct facilities to increase the utilization and production of wood products in Maryland. The forest products industry has been devastated by the closure of mills and the loss of markets in recent years, and the pandemic has exacerbated this problem. There are more than 157,000 private forestland owners in Maryland (owning 10 or more acres of woodland).
First-round applications are due by April 1, 2021. Learn more.
The Maryland Local Food Cold Storage Relief Grant Program: provides grants of up to $15,000 (up to 50% of the cost) to help agricultural and seafood businesses purchase the cold storage equipment that is needed to continue or expand operations. Farmers needing new cold storage equipment and facilities has increased significantly during the pandemic.
First-round applications are due by April 1, 2021. Learn more.
The Maryland Livestock Processing Equipment Relief Grant Program: provides grants of up to $100,000 (at up to 75% of the cost) to livestock processors to purchase meat processing equipment to help expand the capacity of their processing enterprises. The demand for local meat products overwhelmed local processors during the pandemic which led to scheduling backlogs at small processing facilities and farmers having to hold their livestock for longer periods of time. This program will potentially help to relieve some of this demand by providing funds to facilities to expand their processing capacity.
First-round applications are due by April 1, 2021.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.
The deadline for Spring Submissions for this grant opportunity is March 31st, with the deadline for Summer submissions being July 30th and Fall/Winter submissions being 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.