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UWNYC Seed Grants

Grants to New York City Nonprofits for Urban
Farming and Nutrition Support Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Way of New York City (UWNYC) and Food Bank for New York City

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Deadline Date:

02/06/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to New York City community-based nonprofit organizations for urban farming activities and other projects that meet the nutrition needs of low-income households. Funding is intended for projects including wellness programs, outreach, nutrition education, benefits access related services, and organizational enhancements.


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. Curriculum development projects, such as Nutrition Education or Program Services i.e. skill building courses; 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 describes your project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164377

Estimated Size of Grant:

Selected projects may receive up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Project implementation timeline can be determined by applicant and can extend through a total of one year from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. 100% of awarded grant funds must be spent by October 31, 2019.

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).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.
- 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) will not be considered – one application per organization.

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A training session will be offered; attendance is not required but is highly encouraged if you have questions on how to complete the grant application.

January 31, 2019; 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.
Food Bank For New York City
39 Broadway 10th Floor
New York, NY 10006

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Pre-Application Information:

All materials must be submitted online by 5:00 PM Wednesday February 6th, 2019.

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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Food Bank For New York City
212-566-7855 ext. 1009

United Way of New York City

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York