We consistently receive requests for help finding grants for food banks and food pantries. Dedicated individuals are working to make sure no one goes to bed hungry, and we want to make sure funding sources are readily accessible. Thus, we have compiled some possible grant opportunities below.
One of the three focal points of the Ameriprise Foundation is meeting basic needs, including hunger. Non-profit organizations like food banks and daily meal programs are eligible. Also eligible are those entities that run hunger-relief programs for special groups like children, veterans, or ethnic populations. Non-profit groups where hunger is not the sole focus, like a meal program at The Boys and Girls Club or a backpack program ran by a YWCA, are also eligible for this grant. Nutrition education, gardens, and cooking instruction programs are not eligible. Annual deadlines are Jan. 15 and May 15. A previous grant recipient was Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank, that works with a service network of approximately 1,300 community partners. In 2015, 56 grants in the meeting basic needs category were awarded.
Essential human needs, like food, are also a priority in Cisco Foundation’s critical human needs grant program. Eligible organizations must have a 501(c)(3) designation. Organizations to be funded must also serve an audience greater than 65% economically underserved relative to the average standards of the target geography. The maximum request amount for first-time grant recipients is $75,000. In addition to cash grants, Cisco also offers equipment grants. Equipment grants consist of networking technology that will help organizations in productivity, scalability, and cost-efficiency. Applications for both programs are accepted year-round.
The Bank of America Foundation focuses on revitalizing low-income communities with a specific emphasis on education and basic needs, like hunger. Projects like food banks, soup kitchens, school and after-school children feeding programs, and food access programs are eligible for funding. Non-profit entities are eligible to apply. A Seattle food bank as well as the Greater Chicago Food Depository have both been grant recipients of this grant program. In 2016, applications for the hunger grant program were accepted from July through August.
The hunger grant program from this foundation supports food banks and other large scale programs that implement and track the impact of hunger alleviation strategies targeting specific geographic areas where severe gaps for nutritional services exist, or that address the nutritional needs of specific groups. Non-profit single organizations, like food banks, or multi agency collaborations are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
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