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.

Previous grant opportunities are below:

2018 Ward 8 Grocery Grant

Sponsor: Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)

Funding: Up to two grants will be awarded, ranging in value from $10,000 to $390,000, from a total pool of $400,000. Can be used for expenses incurred in Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018).

Eligibility: Businesses or nonprofit organizations that have a federal-recognized tax exemption, that are incorporated and headquartered in the District, and that are in “good standing” with the Office of Tax and Revenue, Department of Employment Services, and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs are eligible to apply.

Application Due Date: March 23, 2018 2:00pm EST

Summary: The purpose of this grant is to encourage the development of alternative models for grocery stores in Ward 8. This could include, but is not limited to:

  1. Converting an existing retail store into a grocery store.
  2. Mobile stores or food trucks.
  3. Conducting a pro-forma analysis of a retail concept.
  4. Membership recruitment for a food co-op.
  5. Establishing and running a produce stand.

The grant may be spent on: market research; salaries; building construction or rehabilitation; advertising; equipment purchase; inventory purchase; rent; or, any expense not explicitly prohibited. It may not be used for: financing existing debt; expenses incurred outside of Fiscal Year 2018; expenses reimbursed by another DC government grant; acquisition of property, land, or buildings; any build-out activity not allowed by DC Code; assistance in bringing legal charges against the DC government; or, any undocumented expense.

Linkhttps://dslbd.dc.gov/page/ward-8-grocery-grant

 

2018 Ward 8 Equitable Food Incubator Grant

Sponsor: Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)

Funding: Up to five grants will be awarded, ranging from $10,000 to $250,000, from a total pool of $250,000. Can be used for expenses incurred in Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018).

Eligibility: Businesses or nonprofit organizations that have a federal-recognized tax exemption, that are incorporated and headquartered in the District, and that are in “good standing” with the Office of Tax and Revenue, Department of Employment Services, and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs are eligible to apply.

Application Due Date: March 23, 2018 2:00pm EST

Summary: The purpose of this grant is to provide food preparation infrastructure to resident businesses of Ward 8, in Ward 8. Projects could include, but are not limited to:

  1. Converting an existing commercial kitchen for higher production.
  2. Lowering costs for resident-owned businesses to access commercial kitchen space in Ward 8.
  3. Mobile infrastructure that complies with Department of Health requirements.
  4. Conducting a pro-forma analysis of an incubator concept.
  5. Membership recruitment for a food production co-op.

The grant may be spent on: market research; salaries; building construction or rehabilitation; advertising; equipment purchase; inventory purchase; rent; or, any expense not explicitly prohibited. It may not be used for: financing existing debt; expenses incurred outside of Fiscal Year 2018; expenses reimbursed by another DC government grant; acquisition of property, land, or buildings; any build-out activity not allowed by DC Code; assistance in bringing legal charges against the DC government; or, any undocumented expense.

Linkhttps://dslbd.dc.gov/page/ward-8-equitable-food-incubator-grant

 

If you are aware of any other food related funding opportunities which should be shared, please contact us at dcfoodpolicy@dc.gov.

 

Past Grant Opportunities – some recur annually

 

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

Link: http://grants.osse.dc.gov

 

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.

Link: http://grants.osse.dc.gov

 

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.).

Linkhttps://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants

 

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.

Linkhttps://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-insecurity-nutrition-incentive-fini-grant-program

 

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.

Linkhttps://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/grants/