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Grants to New York Nonprofits in Eligible Counties for Food and Nutrition Programs

Community Fund Grant - Health

GrantWatch ID# 168794
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region (UWDOR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York: Dutchess and Orange Counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/17/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to New York nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for food and nutrition programs benefiting local residents. Applicants must view a webinar recording prior to applying. Funding is intended to support services and programs that improve food security, increase healthy food access, and reduce hunger among families, children, and individuals with limited income. Requests will be accepted from nonprofits in Dutchess and Orange Counties.

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region (UWDOR) issues this Request for Proposal as a part of its cohesive strategy to address the needs of children, families, and individuals with limited income in Dutchess and Orange Counties. This RFP is designed to reduce hunger and increase access to healthy food. In some cases, UWDOR may support pilot initiatives that have the potential to be expanded upon with future funding. UWDOR is seeking to support partners who share the following commitments:

  • A commitment to community-level outcomes focused on demographics and geographic locations with the greatest need;
  • A commitment to cross-agency and cross-community collaboration in developing effective strategies; and
  • A commitment to strategies that demonstrate success using evidence-based or evidence-informed models.

UWDOR aims to ensure access by partnering with community feeding programs/food distribution programs that emphasize nutritional value in regions with high poverty rates. Programs may target both children and families, especially in areas where transportation is limited. Areas designated as “food deserts” present significant challenges to their low-income residents. By partnering with programs that aim to reduce food insecurity by providing food to families in need, with a focus on healthy food access, UWDOR will combat hunger in the community. 

Unfortunately, food insecurity has been exacerbated by the pandemic. As a result, United Way strongly encourages organizations that provide food assistance to apply, especially those serving hard-to-reach/underserved populations. Underserved populations in this instance may include low-income seniors, veterans, families who may utilize English as a second language, families with young children, individuals with disabilities and those who do not have access to a vehicle or reliable access to public transit systems. Organizations providing food delivery programming and other innovative distanced program delivery models are also encouraged to apply, as many immunocompromised individuals may have difficulty safely visiting a food pantry or lack transportation. Accessibility and expended service are especially important in these cases.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Through this RFP process, UWDOR seeks partnerships with nonprofit organizations in Dutchess or Orange County.

Strong collaboration among all partners is necessary for the community to realize outcomes that will demonstrate lasting and meaningful change for the region’s children and families.

Programs that rely on any partner to accomplish stated goals (school districts, nonprofit organizations, etc.) are required to provide letters of commitment that demonstrate support from the outside organization.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- RFP Released: February 6th, 2023
- Application Due Date: March 17th, 2023 by 5pm
- Anticipated Award Notifications: June, 2023

If you could not attend the January 25 Mandatory Funding Meeting, please view this video recording: Then complete this form by clicking on the link to certify you viewed it:

Estimated Size of Grant
United Way’s Community Fund is divided into two funding categories:
- For previously funded programs: Maximum request of $50,000
- For programs not previously funded: Maximum of $10,000

Term of Contract
- Through this RFP process, UWDOR seeks partnerships with nonprofit organizations during the time period of July 2023 to June 2024.
- If United Way selects your program for funding, you may be eligible for additional funding next year. This is contingent on your organization remaining in good standing with regards to all United Way contract requirements. Future additional funding is not a guarantee.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

All questions should be submitted in writing to

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region
75 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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