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Grant Information

Project Bread's Community Grant Program

Project Bread partners with community leaders and invests in established and innovative work that increases access to healthy and affordable food. Grant opportunities are made available throughout the year that support a multi-pronged approach to preventing hunger.

Current 2019/20 Funding Opportunities

Instructions to apply:

Submit a new application:

1. Review the funding categories and click on the grant application you wish to apply to in the accordion below. Please read through all grant opportunities in your category before selecting your application to ensure you are applying to the most correct option. 
2. Set up your account in the Online Community Grant Portal as a New Applicant
  • Even if Project Bread has funded you in the past, we are using a new online grant portal in 2019 and you will be new to this system.
3. Complete and submit or use the "Save and Finish Later" feature and return to your progress by following the below instructions. 

Already started an Application? 

  • Do not go back to the application link in the accordions, this will start a new application. 
  • Go to My Account Page to access your previously started application. 
  • Don't see the application you started? On the right-hand side of the screen, a drop-down menu says "Show". Select "In Progress Applications" from the drop-down menu (not "Submitted Applications"). 
Food Rescue Grants
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Project Bread’s Food Rescue Grants support programs whose primary mission is to rescue food that would otherwise go to waste, to increase access to healthy food in at-risk communities.


 Current Food Rescue Funding Opportunities

1.  Food Rescue Program Grant


 Food Rescue Grant Guidelines

Overview:

    • Grant applications are evaluated annually. Prior funding is not a consideration in the selection process. 

    • An agency may submit multiple grant applications to Project Bread, but only one (1) per grant category.

Requirements:

    • Provide services within Massachusetts that align with Project Bread's mission and attain measurable results

    • Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit or an entity operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt organization

    • Publicize they receive funding from Project Bread

    • Provide effective hunger-relief programs that assist people who are food-insecure

Award Range:

    • Grants are awarded at one of three levels - $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000


For more information on Project Bread's Food Rescue Grant opportunities, please contact Noreen Kelly at grants@projectbread.org

Emergency Food Grants
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Project Bread’s Emergency Food Grants support programs that provide access to food for people who are hungry today.  Agencies can submit one emergency food grant application for one of the following types of programs; food banks, food pantries or mobile markets, meal programs, weekend backpack programs and food voucher programs. 


 Current Emergency Food Funding Opportunities

1. Food Pantry and/or Mobile Market Grant

Use this application to apply for funding to support a food pantry, a mobile market, or both. (if you operate a food pantry AND a meal program or a mobile market AND a meal program, please use the below application that includes both).

2. Meal Program Grant

Use this application to apply for funding to support a meal program (if you operate a meal program AND a food pantry, please use the below application that includes both)

    • Grant Category: Emergency Food

    • Prior to applying: Determine eligibility by reading the complete Emergency Food Program Grant Guidelines and read the Frequently Asked Questions 

    • Deadline to apply: On or before March 15, 2019 

    • To apply: Complete and submit the online application - Meal Program Grant 

    • Notification of funding: October 31, 2019

3. Food Pantry & Meal Program Grant 

If you operate both a food pantry AND a meal program or a mobile market AND a meal program use this application to apply for funding to support both (if you operate only a food pantry or only a meal program, please do not use this application, use one of the above applications.)

4. Weekend Backpack Program Grant

5. Food Voucher Program Grant

6. Food Bank Grant 

    • Grant Category: Emergency Food

    • Prior to applying: Determine eligibility by reading the complete Emergency Food Program Grant Guidelines and read the Frequently Asked Questions 

    • Deadline to apply: On or before March 15, 2019 

    • To apply: Complete and submit the online application - Food Bank Grant 

    • Notification of funding: October 31, 2019


Emergency Food Grant Guidelines 

Overview:

    • Grant applications are evaluated annually. Prior funding is not a consideration in the selection process. 

    • An agency may submit multiple grant applications to Project Bread, but only one (1) per grant category.

Requirements:

    • Provide services within Massachusetts that align with Project Bread's mission and attain measurable results

    • Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit or an entity operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt organization

    • Publicize they receive funding from Project Bread

    • Provide effective hunger-relief programs that assist people who are food-insecure

Award Range:

    • Grants are awarded at one of three levels - $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000


For more information on Project Bread's Emergency Food Program grant opportunities, please contact Noreen Kelly at grants@projectbread.org
Farm & Garden Grants
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Project Bread’s Farm & Garden Grants support community-based programs that increase access to healthy, fresh produce for low-income Massachusetts residents including; non-profit farmers, subsidized CSA shares or farmer market incentives, community gardens and mobile fresh trucks.


 Current Farm & Garden Funding Opportunities

1. Farm & Garden Grant 


 Farm & Garden Grant Guidelines 

Overview:

    • Grant applications are evaluated annually. Prior funding is not a consideration in the selection process. 

    • An agency may submit multiple grant applications to Project Bread, but only one (1) per grant category. 

Requirements:

    • Provide services within Massachusetts that align with Project Bread's mission and attain measurable results

    • Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit or an entity operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt organization

    • Publicize they receive funding from Project Bread

    • Provide effective hunger-relief programs that assist people who are food-insecure

Award Range:

    • Grants are awarded at one of three levels - $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000


For more information on Project Bread's Farm & Garden Grant opportunities, please contact Noreen Kelly at grants@projectbread.org

Health Center Grants
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Project Bread’s Health Center Grants support emergency food vouchers for patients who screen positive for food-insecurity by community health center staff.


 Current Health Center Funding Opportunities

1. Health Center Hunger Prevention Grant


Health Center Grant Guidelines 

Overview: 

    • Grant applications are evaluated annually. Prior funding is not a consideration in the selection process. 

    • An agency may submit multiple grant applications to Project Bread, but only one (1) per grant category.

Requirements:

    • Provide services within Massachusetts that align with Project Bread's mission and attain measurable results

    • Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit or an entity operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt organization

    • Publicize they receive funding from Project Bread

    • Provide effective hunger-relief programs that assist people who are food-insecure

Award Range:

    • Grants are awarded at one of three levels - $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000


For more information on Project Bread's Health Center Grant opportunities, please contact Noreen Kelly at grants@projectbread.org

Summer Eats Grants
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 Current Summer Eats Funding Opportunities

1. Summer Eats Grant

    • Grant Category: Summer Eats


Overview 

Project Bread’s Summer Eats grants support implementation and expansion of Summer Eats (the USDA Summer Food Service Program) in Massachusetts. For over ten years, we have offered grants to promote new sites and strategies to reach more kids and teens. Our goal is to ensure that all children in Massachusetts remain nourished throughout the summer months, when school meals are not available. This year, funding will be prioritized for sponsors utilizing grants for the following activities, however, all grant applications will be considered. 

  • Farm to Summer Eats activities
  • Promotion and outreach
  • Meal sites at libraries, low-income housing properties, farmers markets and other non-traditional locations
  • Community-led engagement efforts and open sites

Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must be new or existing Summer Eats Sponsors
  • While sites are not eligible for funding, we encourage sponsors to work with current and potential sites to develop grant proposals that meet the needs of their communities.
Award Range
  • Grant awards range from $500-$5,000 per sponsor


How to Apply
  • Deadline to apply: On or before March 31, 2019
  • Notification of funding:  April 15, 2019


For more information on Project Bread's Child Nutrition Outreach Program grant opportunities, please contact CNOP at CNOP@projectbread.org or at 617-239-5000.

School Breakfast Grants
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 Current School Breakfast Funding Opportunities

1. Breakfast After the Bell Implementation Grant

    • Grant Category: School Breakfast


Overview 

Offering Breakfast After the Bell is an effective way to reduce barriers or stigma associated with traditional cafeteria breakfast, increase breakfast access to all students, and achieve higher participation rates. The purpose of the Breakfast After the Bell Implementation grant is to provide support and financial assistance to schools where 60% or more of the student population are eligible for free and reduced-price meals that are interested in implementing a Breakfast After the Bell model by the end of the 2018-2019 school year. 

How to Apply

  • Deadline to apply: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through May 31, 2019
  • Notification of funding:  Will be made monthly beginning March 1, 2019


For more information on Project Bread's Child Nutrition Outreach Program grant opportunities, please contact CNOP at CNOP@projectbread.org or at 617-239-5000.

How you can help

You play an important role in our work. Funds for our Community Grant Program are largely made possibly by people like you—caring residents who take part in our annual community fundraiser, the Walk for Hunger (May 5, 2019), and dedicated corporate partners committed to ending hunger in Massachusetts. Until hunger ends, join us.