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Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food – Funding & Opportunities

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Farm to School Grant Program
Grants to plan, establish, and/or sustain a Farm to School program that improves access to local foods in schools.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 13, 2019
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Youth Garden Grant
Awards funding and gardening supplies to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 16, 2019
Sponsor: KidsGardening.org
Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program
Grants to support the needs of local communities in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human services, quality of life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety, and environmental sustainability.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
Sponsor: Walmart Foundation
Food as Medicine: Food Insecurity and HIV-related Comorbidities, Coinfections, and Complications within the Mission of the NIDDK (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Grants to support research projects that address how food insecurity effects HIV comorbidities, coinfections, and complications (CCCs) within the mission of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Applications focused on specific vulnerable populations such as racial or ethnic minorities, sexual or gender minorities, sex workers, unaccompanied youth, older people, people with disabilities, rural residents, or people living alone should consider how other societal factors, environmental barriers, and/or stigmas intersect with food insecurity and/or interventions for food insecurity in the context of CCCs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): Feb 9, 2020
Application Deadline: Mar 9, 2020
Sponsors: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Community Food Projects Technical Assistance
One-on-one technical assistance, educational resources, and professional development opportunities for current grantees and potential applicants of the USDA Community Food Projects grant program.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition
Healthy Food Financing Initiative Technical Assistance
Technical assistance for early stage healthy food access projects in underserved areas with a focus on management, financial health, and operations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Reinvestment Fund, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Honor the Earth Native Food Security Grants
Grants for Native organizations working to create food security utilizing traditional seeds, foods, and growing methods, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Honor the Earth
National School Lunch Afterschool Snack Program
Funding for schools and residential child care institutions to provide afterschool snacks to low-income children who participate in the National School Lunch program.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Oweesta Native CDFI Loan Funds and Technical Assistance
Oweesta is an intermediary organization that provides financial products and development services for Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). The primary goal is to support Native CDFIs so that they have the capacity to assist individuals, businesses, and organizations with financing and technical assistance for the development of small businesses, affordable housing/home ownership, community facilities, financial education programs, and agriculture/food sovereignty in Native communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: First Nations Development Institute, First Nations Oweesta Corporation
Summer Food Service Program
Funding to provide free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need during the summer months.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Annie's Grants for Gardens Inactive
Grants to develop edible garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2019
Sponsor: Annie's Homegrown, Inc.
Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP) Inactive
Grants to tribal colleges and universities for research projects that address concerns and needs of tribal and reservation communities, including projects that focus on health, environment, and agricultural production needs of remote reservation communities through research.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2019
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I Inactive
Funding for research that focuses on the development of new technologies that address important problems affecting people, institutions, and communities in rural America, including health, agriculture, rural development, and the environment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 23, 2019
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program Inactive
Grants to support new or existing edible gardens at K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 15, 2019
Sponsor: Whole Kids Foundation
Local Foods, Local Places Inactive
Provides direct technical assistance to communities to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food, and promote wellness.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2019
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Native Agriculture and Food Systems College Scholarship Program Inactive
Scholarships to encourage Native American college students to enter careers in agriculture and agriculture-related fields with the ultimate goal of increasing food production, improving health and nutrition, and eliminating food insecurity in rural and reservation-based communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2019
Sponsor: First Nations Development Institute
Native American Agriculture Fund Grants Inactive
Grants for organizations and agencies that support Native American farmers and ranchers, with special emphasis on traditional foods and food sovereignty programs, hemp production analysis, youth programming, and agricultural sciences.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2019
Sponsor: Native American Agriculture Fund
Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Evidence on Nutrition Supports for Low-Income Families with Young Children Inactive
Grants to support action-oriented research that advances health equity, builds the knowledge base, and informs policy making to increase access to nutrition supports and reduce nutrition disparities, with an emphasis on families of color, families living in rural areas, and other groups of families who experience gaps in access to supports and face disparities in outcomes related to health and well-being. Evidence generated through funded projects should inform practice and policy and guide practitioners and policy makers in setting priorities and allocating resources.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Required): Sep 24, 2019
Application Deadline: Dec 13, 2019
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
New and Emerging Solutions that Improve Access to Healthier Food Inactive
Grants for community-based projects that use a new approach for increasing access to healthier foods in regions and/or for populations that experience disproportionate rates of food insecurity.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Required): Sep 17, 2019
Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2019
Sponsor: Walmart
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Nutrition Paraprofessional Training Project Inactive
Funding for a single entity to develop and deliver a pilot nutrition paraprofessional training project for FDPIR staff working at local program sites. Training tools and resources should support the efforts of FDPIR local staff in conducting nutrition education activities for FDPIR participants who receive USDA foods.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 8, 2019
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
USDA WIC Telehealth Innovations Project Inactive
A cooperative agreement for a single entity to support the implementation and evaluation of telehealth services in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) federal nutrition assistance program that serves low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women; infants; and children up to 5 years old who are at nutrition risk. The purpose of the telehealth program is to supplement the nutrition education and breastfeeding support offered in WIC clinics, and to decrease barriers to access to WIC services, particularly in rural communities, and other populations facing barriers to accessing support.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Required): Jun 25, 2019
Application Deadline: Jul 25, 2019
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) Inactive
Grants for projects that assist in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community‐supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer‐to‐consumer market opportunities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 18, 2019
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA Rural Development
Local Food Promotion Program Inactive
Grants to to support the development, coordination, and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to help increase access and availability to locally and regionally produced agricultural products.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 18, 2019
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA Rural Development
The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program Inactive
Supports projects that will increase the purchase of fruit and vegetables among low-income consumers who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by providing incentives at the point of purchase.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 10, 2019
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program Inactive
Funding for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to promote economic revitalization in low-income communities. Works to build capacity of programs that serve low-income people who lack access to affordable financial products and services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 6, 2019
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Treasury
Native American Community Development Financial Institution Assistance Program (NACA) Inactive
Funding to increase access to credit, capital, and financial services in Native Communities through the creation and expansion of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) primarily serving Native Communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 6, 2019
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Treasury
Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program Inactive
Grants to develop and expand existing farm to school initiatives and other food and agriculture experiential learning initiatives within a distinct service area with the overall goal of increasing access to school meals for low-income children while also improving food quality.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 4, 2019
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program Inactive
Grants to plan or implement food projects designed to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 3, 2019
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative) Inactive
Grants to develop and implement sports fitness programs based on successful evidenced-based strategies of youth engagement for racial/ethnic minority and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged 6th, 7th, and/or 8th graders, particularly those who reside in communities where no or few youth sports programs exist. The YES Initiative intends to identify characteristics of effective collaborations that improve physical activity and nutrition through increased participation in sports.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019
Sponsors: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Nutrition Education Grant Inactive
Funding to provide nutrition education for participants of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, resulting in healthier food choices and a better understanding of healthy food preparation methods.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 30, 2019
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
School Grants for Healthy Kids Inactive
Grants to implement school health and wellness practices that help students eat better, stay physically active, and be better prepared to learn.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 5, 2019
Sponsor: Action for Healthy Kids
Increasing Access to Healthy Foods Innovation Grants Inactive
Grants for working with local park and recreation agencies to implement at least one of three selected innovation strategies to increase access to healthy foods within underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 6, 2019
Sponsor: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program Inactive
Financial assistance to support projects that improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, create and preserve quality jobs, and revitalize low income communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 14, 2019
Sponsors: Reinvestment Fund, U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center Cooperative Agreement Inactive
Will award funds to establish a national center dedicated to reducing child food insecurity in persistently poor rural counties.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Oct 20, 2014
Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2014
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Last Updated: 11/5/2019