Part 1. BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION

2019 HPNAP SEED GRANT APPLICATION

*PLEASE START HERE by downloading and reviewing carefully the SEED GRANT GUIDELINES. These guidelines are a comprehensive guide to how to complete the Seed Grant application. Additionally, for the application, you will also need to download the following documents. More information on how to complete these documents can be found in the Guidelines.*
For the 2019 Seed Grant program year, non-profit organizations are invited to submit projects that provide organizations with the ability to develop or improve upon innovative ways of confronting emergency food and/or nutrition needs of low-income individuals. Organizations may apply to either Food Bank For New York City or United Way. Selected projects may receive up to $25,000. You must choose to receive your HPNAP Seed Grant funding from either Food Bank For New York City or United Way of New York City.

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. Projects may address multiple categories. Select the one that you feel best described your project. 
Seed Grant Eligibility
  • Applicant is an established community-based organization in New York City that works with a low-income, homeless, and/or food-insecure population.
  • Nonprofit with valid 501(c)(3) status with adequate facilities and resources to sustain the proposed project after the one-year grant. If using a Fiscal Conduit, the following documents are required:
    • verification of the applying agency’s EIN number
    • a letter from the fiscal conduit outlining the relevant dates that their 501c3 status will cover the applying agency
    • the 501c3 tax-exempt status letter from the organization acting as Fiscal Conduit
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Must maintain an organization bank account and can provide proof upon request. Personal accounts are not eligible.
  • Multiple applications (i.e. two applications in two distinct categories) may be considered – However, only one project per organization may be awarded a seed grant.

*Special Eligibility Requirements for urban farming projects in Category 1. Resource Enhancement and Community Partnerships:
  • Own or lease the proposed land/rooftop space or provide documentation to support its right to use the land/rooftop space indefinitely.
  • Have at least 1,000 square feet of land or rooftop space dedicated for this project.
  • Provide a letter from a structural engineer verifying feasibility of project, if applying for a rooftop farm.

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* 1. What is your organization's type?

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* 2. Please provide the name of your organization.

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* 3. When was your organization started?

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

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* 5. Please provide your mailing address:

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* 6. Please provide information about your Executive Director:

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* 7. Please provide your contact person information:

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* 8. Please select the funding organization you would like to apply with.

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