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Grant Opportunities

Overview

Project Bread offers a variety of funding opportunities for anti-hunger organizations and food assistance providers in Massachusetts. Explore current funding opportunities below. 

Current Funding Opportunities

The Commonwealth is a fundraising share program that invites our community anti-hunger partners to leverage The Walk for Hunger to directly raise funds for your own anti-hunger work. 

The Walk for Hunger is on May, 2, 2021 and will be virtual due to the pandemic. 

Eligible organizations are invited to join The Commonwealth to directly raise funds for their own anti-hunger work, by forming a single Walk for Hunger team to represent the organization and retaining 60% of funds raised with the remaining 40% of funds raised applied to the statewide effort and cost of the event. 

Teams in The Commonwealth must meet a minimum fundraising threshold of $500 to qualify for the 60/40 split. Once met, the total amount raised by the team will be allocated to the 60/40 split, excluding registration fees. 

Whose Eligible?

All non-profit programs making healthy food more accessible and/or affordable to low-income people in Massachusetts are eligible to participate in The Commonwealth. Examples include:

  • School-based food pantries
  • Back-pack programs
  • School gardens
  • Food pantries
  • Meal programs
  • Multi-service centers' food resource programming
  • Food rescue
  • Farm and garden programs

Use of Funds

Funds should be used by anti-hunger efforts only. This can include general operating for anti-hunger programs. Eligible use of funds: School teams, health centers, etc... raising money for:

  • On-site food pantries
  • Micro-pantries
  • Back-pack programs
  • School gardens
  • School breakfast equipment
  • Summer Eats equipment
  • Double-bucks programs at farmers markets, corner stores, etc.

Funding exemptions: Nutrition education and federally-reimbursable food costs

Deadlines: 

  • All organizations wishing to participate and form teams in The Commonwealth must complete the enrollment form. This is to verify eligibility.

  • After April 15, 2021 enrollment in The Commonwealth in 2021 is on a case by case basis. If you would like to enroll please reach out to alexa_drolette@projectbread.org
  • All donations must be received by Project Bread, by June 30, 2021. Donations received after this date will contribute to the statewide effort. 

  • Teams must reach a $500 fundraising threshold by June 30 2021 for their fundraising to be eligible for the 60/40 split.

    • Once you meet that threshold, all the funds you raise are eligible for the split (including the first $500).

    • If your Team does not meet the $500 threshold by June 30, 2021, funds raised by your Team will support the statewide effort. 

  • Funds raised by teams participating in The Commonwealth in 2021will be granted and released to their organization by September 30, 2021.

Questions? Please contact Alexa Drolette at alexa_drolette@projectbread.org 

Apply for Funding

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:

How to start a new application

  1. Review the funding opportunities and follow the link provided to the onilne grant application. 
  2. New to Project Bread's Online Community Grant Portal? Set up an account as a "New Applicant" or login using your credentials. 
  3. 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. 

How to return to a saved application

  1. Do not go back to the application link in the accordions, this will start a new application. 
  2. Go to My Account Page to access your previously started application. 
  3. 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"). 

Join The Walk for Hunger

There are plenty of ways to get involved in this fully virtual event, from forming a team to walking on your own to simply fundraising or donating. Join the walk and take a step towards solving hunger.

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