Funding Opportunities

This page contains links to grants and other funding opportunities for those working or volunteering in the DC food system. We typically announce these opportunities at working group and full DCFPC meetings each month. Check back here periodically for updates.

OSSE Healthy Tots Wellness Grant

Sponsor: Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Health and Wellness

Funding: The total amount available for this award is $500,000 per fiscal year. Each awarded organization can apply for up to $100,000 for each fiscal year in the grant period. Grant period from 3/1/2018 through 9/30/2019.

Application Due Date: January 17, 2018 3:00pm EST

Summary: The purpose of the Healthy Tots Wellness Grant is to support the dissemination of healthy eating, physical activity, and wellness programming in the D.C. early child care community. OSSE is awarding funding to entities that can provide technical assistance and help implement wellness programming at targeted community based child care facilities in the District of Columbia. The selected applicants will be required to build capacity and sustainable partnerships within the early learning community. Applicants will be awarded funding to implement programming in these six areas:

  • Gardening/Environmental Sustainability
  • Farm to Childcare/Local Food Procurement
  • Nutrition Education
  • Physical Activity & Education
  • Staff Wellness & Center Wellness Policy
  • Family Style Dining



OSSE Farm Field Trip (FFT) Grant

Sponsor: Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Health and Wellness

Funding: One $40,000 award for working with pre-K through 12 schools; one $20,000 award for working with child development centers/homes. Grant period from 1/2/2018 through 9/20/2019.

Application Due Date:

Summary: A grant to increase the number of District students who visit local farms. Nonprofits and community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to engage with DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter Schools, and Child Development Centers and Homes from all eight wards.



Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)

Sponsor: USDA Rural Development

Funding: Planning Grants of $75,000; Working Capital Grants of $250,000 (note 50% of total project costs required as matching funds) – $18 million in total funds available

Application Due Date: January 31, 2018

Summary: A grant to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures are eligible to apply. Funds can be used for planning activities (conducting feasibility studies, developing business plans, etc.) or working capital expenses (processing costs, marketing and advertising expenses, etc.).



Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Competitive Grant Program

Sponsor: USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Funding: $100,000-$500,000 (note 100% matching funds required) – $21 million in total funds available

Application Due Date: December 13, 2017

Summary: A grant to support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The program will test strategies that could contribute to understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by SNAP participants that would inform future efforts, and develop effective and efficient benefit redemption technologies. Government agencies and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.



Nature Works Everywhere Grants

Sponsor: The Nature Conservancy

Funding: Up to $2,000 per award (60 awards will be made)

Application Due Date: November 3, 2017

Summary: Grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include: access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Public or charter schools (elementary, middle, or high school) in an urban area are eligible to apply; a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization may apply on behalf of the school.



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