One of the basic human needs is the need for food. Many people, institutions, and organizations have been hard hit by rough economic times. While service programs of all kinds have been slashed to trim budgets, there are still several grant opportunities out there for nonprofit organizations and other qualifying organizations looking for grant money to fund nutrition and food security programs.
Many corporate funders have regular grant application cycles, so it would be wise to look several months ahead for grant opportunities that might become available. Proper grant planning and grant management can help secure more funds. Here are a few places to start looking. There are lots more, too. As described in the last paragraph, we can help you find more grants and win more grants with carefully chosen strategies, advice, and guidance.
Child Hunger and Nutrition Grants
The ConAgra Foods Foundation offers annual grants for nonprofit organizations. Grants are awarded to organizations that address child hunger and nutrition. ConAgra gives funding priority to organizations focusing on direct services, capacity building, and advocacy interventions.
This foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, and it awards grants only to states in certain states: Arkansas, California, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington. Special preference is given to organizations serving African American, Hispanic, and Native American children.
Counties with 100 or more ConAgra Foods employees and/or a child food insecurity rate of 30% or higher will also receive preference. The grant application process opens early in each calendar year, but the actual date for 2013 is not yet available
The No Kid Hungry campaign is focused on trying to eliminate hunger among children in America by supporting nutrition programs and educating low-income families on how to stretch their budgets while still making healthy food choices at home.
The average grant size is between $5,000 - $10,000, and priority is given to nonprofit organizations, schools, and other organizations that are eligible by participating in activities like increasing access to afterschool snack and meal programs, increasing school breakfast availability, and advocacy of certain anti-hunger issues.
Grant proposals are usually accepted once in the spring, for funding summer meals programs, and once in the early summer, for all other programs.
The Campbell’s Soup Foundation offers grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations in locations where the company has plant facilities. Organizations do not have to be located in these communities to qualify for the grants, but they must serve these communities: Davis, Dixon, Sacramento, and Stockton, CA; Bloomfield and Norwalk, CT; Lakeland, FL; Downers Grove, IL; Maxton, NC; Camden and South Plainfield, NJ; Napoleon and Willard, OH; Denver and Downington, PA; Aiken, SC; Paris, TX; Richmond, UT; Everett, WA; Milwaukee, WI.
The foundation focuseson relieving hunger and on childhood obesity. It also focuses on funding applicants who have an ongoing relationship and that make a positive impact on the youth living in Campbell's and Pepperidge Farm communities.
There are two grant cycles each year: January – April and August – November. Official dates for 2013 grant cycles have not yet been released, so check the website frequently for new announcements.
Other Agricultural Grants and Food Security Grants
The USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food organization offers more than two dozen programs that can help communities build local and regional food systems. Some of these programs include helping farmers extend their growing seasons, assisting growers cooperatives looking to build or rebuild a food hub, helping farmers markets accept SNAP benefits, etc.
The USDA offers a multitude of grants and programs that can help all types of individuals and organizations with agricultural production and food security programs. A good place to begin is at the USDA’s Grant, Loans, and Support webpage. The USDA blog allows potential applicants to stay on top of the latest announcements and updates to its programs.
These are just a few of the many opportunities for nutritional and food security funding, but finding the right funding source can be difficult and time consuming. We at TheGrantHelpers have an incredibly knowledgeable team of experts that can help you identify funding sources as well as specify and define an organization’s funding needs. We can provide services throughout every part of the grant development process, as well as help organizations manage their grant money after it has been awarded. For a full list of our services, see our services page. To join our Watch List to receive alerts on possible grant opportunities, click here, or ask a grant helper a question.
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