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Grant Information

Until hunger ends™

Hunger is complex. To effectively address the problem, we need to come at it from every angle. That's why we supports the work of anti-hunger partners and invest in growing community programs that give residents reliable access to healthy food, every day.

Applications for funding are submitted and reviewed in our Online Community Grant Portal. If you have never requested funding from Project Bread using this portal, you will need to set up an account as a "New Applicant". Before applying, please carefully read the instructions below:

Start a new application:
  • Review the funding opportunities and follow the link provided to the onilne grant application. 
  • New to Project Bread's Online Community Grant Portal? Set up an account as a "New Applicant" or login using your credentials. 
  • Complete and submit or use the "Save and Finish Later" feature, You can return to your application at any time to complete it, following the below instructions. 
Return to a "Saved" 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"). 

Current 2019/20 Funding Opportunities:

Patrick Hughes Award for Social Justice

Patrick Hughes Award for Social Justice

    • Grant Category: Award


The Patrick Hughes Award for Social Justice was created in 2019 to honor the legacy of Patrick Hughes, whose deep-seated passion for social justice and entrepreneurial spirit led him to found Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger in 1969. Patrick dedicated his life to working for the greater good. His activism and advocacy was anchored in optimism and stemmed from his belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. 

This award recognizes an individual with an unyielding commitment to driving meaningful change by addressing the root causes of hunger, thus carrying forward the spirit of Patrick’s legacy. As part of the recognition, the awardee will be allowed to designate a $10,000 gift to an anti-hunger or anti-poverty organization of their choosing.

Evaluation Criteria


  • An individual living in Massachusetts who has demonstrated a commitment to addressing hunger or its root causes.

Gift Organization:

  • A tax-exempt nonprofit or an entity operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt organization with a stated mission, strategy, and/or program to address hunger or its root causes.*
  • Organization providing services within Massachusetts. 

Recipient Requirements


  • Attend an annual event, held in March, to receive the award.
  • Be included in a press release and available for press interviews.
  • Be recognized on social media. 
  • Be profiled on Project Bread's web properties including website and email communications. 

Gift Organization:

  • Be included in a press release.
  • Be recognized on social media.
  • Be profiled on Project Bread's web properties including website and email communications. 

 Application Process

  • A committee will review nominations in late August/early September. Note: final selection of the benefiting organization is at the discretion of the award recipient, subject to final approval from Project Bread and the family of Patrick Hughes,
  • Deadline to apply: Individuals may nominate themselves or nominate others by August 20, 2019. Applications must include a recommendation of an organization to receive the grant funding.
  • Notification of award: Awardee will be notified by September 30, 2019. Benefiting organization will receive funds by October 15, 2019.
  • To apply: Complete and submit the online application by the deadline. To submit a nomination, click the button below to start a new application. If you have already started an application, do not click the button below (this will start a new application).  Click here to return and complete your previously started application. 


*Organizations that receive award are not eligible to receive it again for 5 years. 

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.