For the 2018 Seed Grant program year, Food Bank For New York City (FBNYC) is accepting applications related to start up projects that provide organizations with the ability to develop or enhance innovative ways of confronting emergency food and/or nutrition needs of low-income individuals. These projects may include nutrition education, wellness programs, organizational enhancements, as well as outreach and benefits access related services in three categories:
  1. Resource Enhancement and Community Partnerships: Projects that increase or enhance healthy food access and emergency food resources or create a diversified resource base through community partnerships.
    • Examples are projects to develop and/or utilize food growers, food hubs, farmers’ markets, community garden and urban farming programs—including rooftop farms and indoor/outdoor hydroponic systems—or other community resources. Nutrition education projects, including curriculum development, with an emphasis on a ‘train the trainer’ approach will also be considered.
  2. Organizational Capacity and Effectiveness: Projects that increase organizational capacity and effectiveness to provide emergency food services and access to healthy foods.
    • Examples are projects that provide resources, technical assistance and/or training to emergency food providers for fundraising, bookkeeping, volunteer services, inventory management or other areas specific to emergency food services.
  3. Linkage to Services: Projects that can link emergency food providers and their guests to services that could reduce dependence on emergency food.
    • Examples include projects to expand outreach referral services to connect at risk individuals to medical care and social services and technology to develop training programs for at risk individuals to create linkages and increase skills for future job placement.

Note: Projects that address a persistent need within the emergency food network and can be replicated for broader use are of particular interest.

Seed Grant Eligibility
  • Applicant is a community-based organization located in New York City that works with a low-income, homeless, and/or food-insecure population.
  • Applicant is a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status with adequate facilities and resources to sustain the proposed project after the one-year grant.
  • Organizations that hold a direct contract with HPNAP (ie. Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Food Recovery Operations, and Special Nutrition Initiatives) are eligible to apply for Seed Grant funding if the funding requested is to support a new project not already receiving HPNAP funds.
  • Project budget must not exceed $30,000.
  • Seed Grants are one-time only grants and non-renewable. Organizations can apply for Seed Grant funding annually if the project description is unique (i.e. different site, different service or target population, or different service plan from a past Seed Grant project).
  • Applicant organization has a bank account and can provide proof upon request.
  • Applicant submits a complete application on time.

* 1. What is your organization's type?

* 2. Please provide the name of your organization.

* 3. When was your organization started?

Date / Time

* 4. Please provide your fiscal agent if any (enter N/A if not applicable).

* 5. Please provide your mailing address:

* 6. Please provide information about your Executive Director:

* 7. Please provide your contact person information: