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Grant to a Raleigh, North Carolina Nonprofit to Address Food Insecurity
and Offer Improvements to the Local Food Supply System

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Beehive Collective

Deadline Date:

09/05/18 11:59 PM Midnight


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Grant of $50,000 to a Raleigh, North Carolina nonprofit organization for a program or project that addresses community-wide issues related to food insecurity. Funding is intended to support an initiative that is sustainable, produces change in food policy, and improves the local food system.

Requests for funding must be for a Raleigh-based program that will have a direct impact in Raleigh and will build the community through direct services, advocacy, or public engagement.

The theme for the 2018 Large Grant is Food Insecurity. Applications must directly address an issue related to this theme.

The 2018 Beehive Collective Large Grant will be awarded over a two-year period. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects or programs that are innovative and sustainable; grassroots and community-led; incorporate policy and/or systems change; provide or work toward a more fair, equitable, and just food system; examine and address food insecurity through an intersectional lens (i.e. how and why various communities are impacted differently or more significantly); and transition from a reactive food insecurity attitude to a sustainable model food system.

The Foundation will consider funding projects or programs which focus on the five strategies that are included in the Wake County Food Security Plan (2017). Applicants are advised to use each strategy and the examples of embodiments as inspiration for their proposal.

The five strategies are as follows:

Communicate and Educate:
-Budgeting, meal planning, nutrition, and gardening classes
- School learning programs
- Granny’s Gardens” for cross-generational involvement

Develop Sustainable Food Supply:
- Community garden programs
- Food hubs
- Incubation programs to support new or minority farmers
- Gleaning

Build Economic Opportunity:
- Support for entrepreneurs
- Increasing market access for minority farmers
- Shared food processing center

Leading through Networks:
- Programs addressing food policy
- Support for navigating GAP certification and other federal and state certifications

Ensure Food Access (with a focus on sustainability and “dignity of choice”):
- Expanding food pantries
- Mobile market programs
- Food bank supply chain improvements

The Beehive Collective focuses grant making on organizations that:

- Demonstrate work being done in Raleigh.
- Propose innovative, program-related work.
- Offer leadership opportunities for women, girls and woman-identified people.
- Offer opportunities for underserved populations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145631

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The total award amount (over 2 years) is $50,000. A total of $50,000 for the two-year grant period may be requested, with a maximum request of $30,000 in the first year.

Term of Contract:

2 Years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Beehive Collective awards grants only to programs that have a direct impact in Raleigh. Proposals requesting funds for statewide or national level projects will not be considered.

In order to qualify for a Beehive Collective grant, an applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization.

The Beehive Collective will consider making grants for programs not operated by tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. However, such applicants must ask a tax-exempt organization to act as their fiscal agent. If the proposal is funded, the grant will be disbursed to the fiscal agent, who will pass it through to the grantee. The applicant is still responsible for all reporting and agreements.

Recipients of a Beehive Collective large grant in 2015, 2016 or 2017 may not apply during this cycle.

The Beehive Collective usually does not award grants to organizations that:

- Cannot demonstrate working directly in Raleigh.
- Cannot demonstrate a need.
- Cannot show long-lasting effects from using Beehive funds.
- Seek capital funds (purchasing land or buildings).
- Propose to use Beehive funds for fundraising.

Pre-Application Information:

The Large Grant request for proposals (RFP) is issued in the summer and funds are awarded in December.


- September 5, 2018, by 11:59 PM: Application Submission Deadline
- September 2018: First Round Committee Review
- October 2018: Site Visits to Semi-Finalists
- November 2018: Selection of Finalists
- Mid-December 2018: Announcement of Grant Recipient
- By December 31, 2018: Disbursal of Funds (1st Installment)
The 2nd installment of funds will be disbursed by December 31, 2019, provided grantee meets all reporting requirements and terms.

Selection Process:

The Beehive Grants Committee thoroughly reviews all eligible applications during the month of September, and selects the organizations who will receive a site visit. Site visits are conducted throughout October. The Grants Committee reconvenes in November to select the top 3-5 finalists. These finalists will be asked to provide three letters of support. The finalists’ proposals are presented to the Beehive membership in December, and they vote to select the large grant winner. Applicants will be notified at each step of the process regarding the status of their proposal.

To view a sample application and budget form:

Contact Information:

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

For the online Large Grant Application:

For help in submitting an online application, applicants should email:
(A response will be received within two business days.)

Beehive Collective
PO Box 1008
Raleigh, NC 27602

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Raleigh