The Whole Cities Foundation is seeking Newark-based applicants for their annual Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant. Community-led, non-profit organizations who are growing the local food system and increasing access to fresh, healthy food have until December 4th to apply. The grant hopes to support projects in all five wards of Newark, and offers $5,000 to $15,000 to each organization selected.
Established by Whole Foods Market in 2014, the Whole Cities Foundation operates as an independent non-profit working to provide access to nutritious food while improving community and individual health through education and collaborative partnerships. To further these goals, the foundation awarded over $140,000 in funding through its Healthy Food Access grant last year to eleven organizations all over Newark.
“Everyone deserves access to fresh, wholesome, real food. However, in the U.S., healthy food is difficult to access for the nearly 24 million people who live in areas without a grocery store,” the foundation states on its website. “We champion projects that nurture people’s power to grow food and expand the range of fresh vegetables and fruits available in their neighborhoods.”
Interested companies must be nonprofit or partnered with a nonprofit, focused on increasing access to healthy, fresh foods within Newark, New Jersey, and should focus on serving communities and adults. The grant must represent less than 40% of an applicant organization’s total annual budget, and 80% of the grant funding must be used on one-time purchases and expenses.