Policy Action for Food Justice Grant

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This grant opportunity will invest in coalition building to bring together local policy engagement for nutrition equity in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Prioritized areas for nutrition equity policy include, but are not limited to a focus on leadership of BIPOC communities in the following:

  • Land access for food sovereignty
  • Community wealth building through the food sector 
  • Integration of culturally relevant foods in institutional settings (e.g., schools, childcare, healthcare) 
  • Nutrition equity for optimal well-being (healthy body, mind, and spirit)


  • Award Type: Grant
  • Total Funds Available: $60,000
  • Number of Awards Granted in 2023: Up to 3
  • Minimum - Maximum Award: $10,000 - $50,000
  • Award Timeframe: October 1, 2023 – December 31, 2024 (15 months)
  • Grant Application Process
  • Applicant Eligibility: 
  1. Organization located in Cuyahoga County.
  2. Must be a nonprofit or, if not a nonprofit, the applicant must engage a fiscal sponsor to receive the award. A letter of support from the fiscal sponsor is required. This should be on the fiscal sponsor’s letterhead declaring they agree to serve as the fiscal sponsor for the proposal being submitted.
  3. Willingness to participate in required evaluation of the grant-making process (finalized in partnership with grantees after the award is provided).
  4. Willingness to share lessons as you go through three check-ins during grant cycle with other grantees. 
  5. We will not fund organizations that have a policy of discriminating based on race, color, religion (creed), sex, gender expression or transition, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, whether the discrimination policies are written or are in practice. Our policy is to not provide grants to any organization that maintains such a policy.

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Are certain policy areas of higher priority for this RFP?
We are not prioritizing any specific nutrition equity policies in this proposal, though we give examples in the RFP of broad areas of interest related to food justice. We are prioritizing applications that include leadership from BIPOC communities. Proposals should focus on policies that will have an impact on local institutions, organizations, and agencies in cities within Cuyahoga County or those serving Cuyahoga County as a whole. The RFP does not support projects focused on federal or state policies. Priority will be given to proposals resulting in a tangible policy “win” over the 15-month grant timeframe. 

Does this RFP support research projects related to food justice? 

Can funding be used to support program implementation of projects that do not have a policy focus?

Do we need to use a food-related 501c3 as the fiscal sponsor?
We encourage using a fiscal sponsor that is a good match for the work you are proposing. They do not need to be a food-related organization. Neighborhood Connections can help you identify a fiscal sponsor if needed.

Can members of the Nourishing Power team review our proposal for input before final submission?
Members of the Nourishing Power team cannot review proposals for in-depth feedback. We can, however, review for eligibility requirements to make sure it has all components and meets eligibility. We also have office hours where applicants may come to ask questions about their proposal. Lastly, we recommend reviewing the rubric in the RFP so you are aware of the criteria your application will be scored on.

How much money should we request?
Applicants should request funding needed to achieve a tangible policy win over the 15-month grant timeline. We encourage applicants to apply for funds across the range of awards (i.e., $10,000 to $50,000). If your proposal could be accomplished on a smaller scale with less funding, then you have the option of including this information in the description of your proposal. This is not required.

Do we need to submit hard copies of our proposal? 
Grants will be submitted via an online platform. We will not accept hard copies.

Who makes the final decisions regarding funding for Policy Action for Food Justice grants?
Final funding decisions will be made by members of the Nourishing Power Advisory Council.