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Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food Funding & Opportunities

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Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program
Grants to support the needs of local communities in the areas of hunger, nutrition, women's economic empowerment, career opportunities, and sustainability.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
Sponsor: Walmart Foundation
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
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition
Honor the Earth Native Food Security Grants
Grants to Native organizations working to create food security utilizing traditional seeds, foods, and growing methods.
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
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program (FINI) 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: Dec 13, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Farm to School Grant Program Inactive
Grants to plan, establish, or sustain a Farm to School program that improves access to local foods in schools.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 8, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Youth Garden Grant Inactive
Awards funding and gardening supplies to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 8, 2017
Sponsor: KidsGardening.org
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: Dec 4, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Whole Kids 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: Nov 15, 2017
Sponsor: Whole Kids Foundation
Annie's Grants for Gardens Inactive
Offers grants to develop edible garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 11, 2017
Sponsor: Annie's Homegrown, Inc.
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: Oct 25, 2017
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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, and the environment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 5, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Native Agriculture and Food Systems College Scholarship Program Inactive
Awards 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 28, 2017
Sponsor: First Nations Development Institute
Lowe's Toolbox for Education Program Inactive
Grants to help schools and parent teacher groups with school improvement and to provide for the basic needs of their students.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 27, 2017
Sponsor: Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation
Walmart Foundation State Giving Program Cycle 3 Inactive
Provides grants to organizations working in the areas of community engagement and hunger relief.
Geographic coverage: Available in 31 states
Application Deadline: Aug 11, 2017
Sponsor: Walmart Foundation
School Grants for Healthy Kids Inactive
Awards funding to support school breakfast and physical activity programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2017
Sponsor: Action for Healthy Kids
Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Grants Inactive
Awards grants in the areas of education, human services, health, and hospitals. Specific project initiatives include food and hunger; economic development; daycare programs; hospital and healthcare agencies; health screenings; health education; AIDS/HIV prevention and education; and equipment for healthcare facilities.
Geographic coverage: Available in 27 states.
Application Deadline: Jul 1, 2017
Sponsor: Charles A. Frueauff Foundation
Sustainable Community Innovation Grant (SCIG) Program Inactive
Funds projects that promote both sustainable agriculture and community development strategies in the south, including projects such as farmers markers and nutrition classes.
Geographic coverage: Available in 13 southern states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. See program guidance for details.
Application Deadline: Jun 2, 2017
Sponsor: Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
Nourishing Native Children: Feeding our Future Inactive
Grants to native communities interested in expanding nutrition education programs and nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children ages 6-14.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 5, 2017
Sponsors: First Nations Development Institute, Walmart Foundation
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Nutrition Education (FY17 FDPNE) Grant Inactive
Funding to enhance the nutrition knowledge of Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations participants and to foster positive lifestyle changes through nutrition education.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
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: Mar 27, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program Inactive
Offers 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: Mar 24, 2017
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: Mar 24, 2017
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Treasury
Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP) Inactive
Offers grants to tribal colleges or universities for research projects that address concerns and needs of tribal and reservation communities, including projects that focus on health, environmental, and agricultural production needs of remote reservation communities through research.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 21, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) Inactive
Supports projects that strengthen local Native American food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 24, 2017
Sponsor: First Nations Development Institute
Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants Inactive
Grants for Native communities to conduct community food assessments in order to better understand the historical, current, and future state of their local food systems. The assessment results should be used in developing plans to increase control over local food systems and promote healthy Native communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 17, 2017
Sponsor: First Nations Development Institute
Healthy Eating Research - Building the Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity Inactive
Supports research on environmental and policy strategies designed to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Aug 3, 2016
Application Deadline: Oct 12, 2016
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Community Economic Development (CED) Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects Inactive
Awards funding to Community Development Corporations for projects designed to address food deserts and improve access to healthy, affordable foods. Bonus points will be given to projects that create jobs in a rural community.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 27, 2016
Sponsor: ACF Office of Community Services
Seeds of Native Health Inactive
Supports Native American tribes and organizations working to eliminate food insecurity; promote access to fresh and healthy foods; and provide increased access to nutritional programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 11, 2016
Sponsor: First Nations Development Institute
Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center Grant Program Inactive
Offers grants for projects that use creative strategies to improve coordination among USDA-FNS Child Nutrition programs and other nutrition programs, with the aim of increasing participation rates among families with children in persistently poor, rural counties.
Geographic coverage: Available in 15 states
Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 1, 2015
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2015
Sponsor: Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center
Farmers’ Market SNAP Support Grants Inactive
Awards funding to support the establishment, expansion, and promotion of SNAP/Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) services at farmers’ markets.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): May 18, 2015
Application Deadline: Jun 18, 2015
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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
Public Prevention Health Fund: Community Transformation Grant Inactive
Grants aimed at helping communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Jun 6, 2011
Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2011
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last Updated: 11/2/2017