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Opal Apple Youth Make a Difference

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Schools for Youth-Led
Programs that Address Nutrition, Food Security, and Education

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Foundation / Corporation

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FirstFruits Marketing of Washington

Deadline Date:

02/15/19 8:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for youth-led programs that support food-related community activities. The public will participate in selecting finalist applicants. Funding is intended for long ranging initiatives that strengthen communities, empower residents, and serve those most in need.

The organizations chosen must address one or more of the following issues:
- Food security
- Nutrition
- Agriculture
- Food politics and education.

Initial Selection criteria:
- How the qualifying charity’s initiative addresses one or more of: (a) food security, (b) nutrition, (c) agriculture, and (d) food politics and education; and
- Youth leadership and involvement in the qualifying charity’s initiative.

Selection of semi-finalists will be based on the following criteria:
- How well the qualifying charity’s initiative inspires others to act;
- How well the qualifying charity’s initiative encourages participants to pay it forward, serve and inspire others;
- The lasting impact the qualifying charity’s initiative has on the community, and does that initiative have the ability to sustain operations beyond the receipt of the Initiative grant;
- How well does the qualifying charity’s initiative empower those that receive that initiative’s benefits; and
- The number of people that the qualifying charity’s initiative positively impacts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185091

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Opal Apple Youth Make a Difference initiative awards grants to youth-led nonprofit organizations. These organizations must include youth aged 6-25 taking leadership roles. Applicants must be nonprofits operating in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and must submit proof of 501(c)(3) status, or affiliated with school entities, in good standing. Individuals who wish to seek funding for their initiatives are encouraged to find and work directly with a local nonprofit or school entity. Organization must have an operating budget of less than $2 million.

In order to be eligible to participate in the Initiative, applicant charities must be a “qualifying charity” defined as a nonprofit operating in one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, and is either: (i) a public charity that must submit proof of 501(c)(3) status; or (ii) an “educational organization” or “school” as described in IRC § 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) and Reg. 1.170A-9(b)(1).

For purposes of this Initiative, an “educational organization” shall mean an organization that must: (i) present formal instruction as its primary function; (ii) normally maintain a regular faculty and curriculum; and (iii) normally have a regularly enrolled body of pupils or students in attendance at the place where its educational activities are regularly carried on.

The Sponsor does not provide grants to support individuals.

Any one or more of the applicant charities may be deemed ineligible or be disqualified from any phase of the Initiative if, in the Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion, an applicant charity, its management or affiliated organizations, among other things:
- Is, or has been, under any investigation for fraud, misconduct (financial or otherwise) or other criminal activity;
- Promotes or suggests, directly or indirectly, the use of firearms/weapons, any illegal drugs, prostitution or pornography, violence, or the underage use of alcohol;
- Suggests or encourages, directly or indirectly, the taking up of arms against any person, government or entity or otherwise challenges or seeks to overthrow any government;
- Disparages or denigrates any race, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, political orientation, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, marital status, veteran status or mental or physical disability or condition or otherwise discriminates (in an exclusionary way) against any of those groups based solely on being classified as fitting into those groups;
- Disparages, denigrates (in writing or otherwise), or acts by means of adversarial or confrontational tactics to impact a product, service, person, industry, or organization including, but not limited to, the Sponsor or the participants or voters in the Initiative;
- Takes or encourages any actions that harm the integrity of the Initiative, or otherwise conducts itself in an unsportsmanlike or inappropriate manner;
- Entices voters by offering any type of consideration, gift, or award, including merchandise, cash, online currency, or anything deemed to have value in exchange for votes; or
- Violates the Terms & Conditions, or any other requirement of the Initiative, including the application form.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for applications:

- Application deadline: February 15, 2019, at 8:00 PM EST.
- First stage of selection process: on or about Feb. 25, 2019.
- Selection of 15 semi-finalists: by April 8, 2019
- Public voting for selection of 10 finalists: April 12, 2019 - May 10, 2019, 11:59 AM
- Final determination of finalists and grant amount: beginning May 17, 12:00 PM EST

Finalist charities will be informed on May 31, 2019 of the results. Finalists will receive their corresponding grant distributions on or about July 31, 2019.

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

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