Newark-based organizations are invited to apply for Whole Foods grants
Published October 24, 2017 | Newswire
Tobias Fox, founder of Newark Science & Sustainability, was recognized as one of 11 Whole Cities Foundation grantees in March 2017. Newark SAS was awarded $15,000 to offer agricultural skills development and training for youth.
Whole Cities Foundation, the nonprofit organization created by Whole Foods Market, is looking for the next “crop” of local organizations to receive one of its Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grants.
The foundation is again offering funding ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to community-led, non-profit organizations that are growing the local food system and increasing access to fresh, healthy food in Newark. Whole Cities Foundation hopes to fund organizations that support projects in each of the city’s five wards.
Applications are due on December 4th, and applicants will be notified of the status of their applications in early February of 2018..
Applicants who are able to answer “yes” to all questions below will be given first consideration for the grant awards:
Does your project help broaden access to fresh, healthy food in one or more of Newark’s five wards? This opportunity is limited to organizations that serve the community members of Newark.
Does your leadership reflect and engage the community you serve?
Is your organization registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit or are you partnering with a 501(c)3 nonprofit? Whole Foods is not able to provide funding to individuals.
Does your work strengthen a local food system and support a community’s self-sufficiency and self-determination? This grant will not be the best fit for traditional food donation or food redistribution programs.
Are you willing to submit expense and status reports to communicate your progress?
Are you requesting $5,000-$15,000, and will at least 80% of this funding be used for one-time purchases and expenses that will help ensure the mid- to long-term success of your project? We do not generally provide funding for utilities, salaries, seeds, the purchase of produce, or other ongoing expenses.
Will this grant represent less than 40% of your organization’s total annual budget? We support organizations that are well under way and have experience managing budgets.
Is your organization focused on serving communities and adults? This grant will not be the best fit for school- and youth-based programs.
When Whole Foods debuted in March of this year, 11 Whole Cities Foundation grantees were awarded more than $140,000 towards their projects. Those organizations were Al’Maidah Organic Community Garden, Aldine Street Community Garden, Bedrock Gardening Solutions, Center for Court Innovation, Elegant Bouquet Kitchen Project, Garden of Worker Bees, International Youth Organization, Newark Science and Sustainability (Newark SAS), Planting Seeds of Hope, Rabbit Hole Farm and Unified Vailsburg Services Organization (UVSO).
Grant funds supported discreet projects for those organizations, including installing and improving water and electrical systems, building and expanding community gardens and launching a mobile smoothie stand. Read more about previous grantees and their projects here.
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