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Hudson Valley Farm Fresh Food Grant Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits in Eligible Counties
to Address Food Security and Increase Access to Farm Fresh Food

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

03/15/18 Midnight


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Grants of up to $25,000 to New York nonprofit organizations serving Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, and Ulster Counties to improve food security and access to farm fresh foods. LOIs are due February 5, 2018. Funding is intended for organizations involved in growing, collecting, distributing, and serving farm fresh food and meals to those in need. Such organizations may include Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s), agricultural and nutritional educational organizations, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other nonprofit organizations.

The Community Foundations’ goal is to support programs that have proven to be effective and to encourage and support collaboration and innovative solutions. New programs may be considered if the organization demonstrates the capacity to effectively carry out the project and have a plan for sustainability.

The Foundation will focus its grant making on the following:

- Support of programs and services that provide effective, creative solutions to increase access to local, farm fresh food, address the issue of food insecurity, leverage existing resources and expand existing services- whether delivered independently or collaboratively
- Support of programs and services that provide educational services and resources related to nutrition and health
- Equipment to increase capacity to grow, collect, distribute and serve local, farm fresh food and meals to those in need
- Support for evaluation of health and related indicators to assess outcome data related to the effectiveness of the farm fresh food program
- Support of programs that thoughtfully integrate equity and social justice components to the farm fresh food program

Additional training grants and training opportunities may be provided to grantee organizations for use in staff, board or overall program development separate from this grant.

Each application will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

- Quality of Program/Project: Does the proposed project have a clear charitable purpose? Does the program/project meet the criteria of the Farm Fresh Food grant guidelines? Does the organization adequately describe the program/project and what it wants to accomplish? Does the organization present a clear and realistic plan for implementation, complete with specific activities and a timeline?

- Capacity and Stability of the Organization: Does the organization appear to have the capacity to carry out the proposed work? Do they have previous experience with this type of program/project or do they demonstrate previous organizational or leadership accomplishments? Is there appropriate expertise and partnerships? Does the organization appear to be functionally and financially stable, based on review of the organization’s operating budget and financial statements?

- Budget and Additional Support: Is the program/project budget clear and realistic? If this is an ongoing program/project, is there a reasonable plan for future funding? Is there evidence of support from other funders, or in-kind support for projects that require significant financial support?

- Impact/ Results: How will this program/project make a difference to the target population and/or to the broader community? How significant is the program/project? Will the outcome be finite or of broad impact to the community? Will it provide a one-time benefit or a long-term impact? Is the program "change-oriented", addressing root causes rather than immediate needs?

- Evaluation Plan: Are the goals well-defined? Does the organization have a viable evaluation plan? What is the likelihood that the plan will successfully measure the outcomes?

- Reaction and Perceptions: Is there a sense of excitement or intrigue about this program/project? How important or timely is the issue the program/project addresses? What is the ripple effect of funding or not funding?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181942

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant program is designed to distribute funds in amounts up to $25,000 per year. There may be opportunities for collaborating organizations with broad impact to exceed $25,000 in funding.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year funding requests will be considered with appropriate documentation in the application for additional years. The program intends to be in operation for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations serving residents of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Ulster counties who are considered food insecure and organizations addressing the issue of food insecurity are eligible for funding support through this program.

Organizations involved in growing, collecting, distributing and serving farm fresh food and meals to those in need; including Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s), agricultural and nutritional educational organizations, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other nonprofit organizations that serve, or plan to serve farm fresh food to the food insecure are encouraged to submit a letter of inquiry.

Organizations that are not located in the service area must clearly document the number of residents in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Ulster counties being served.

Pre-Application Information:

It is anticipated that $270,000 will be available to grant in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Letters of Inquiry are due February 5, 2018 at midnight. Organizations selected to submit full applications will be notified by February 15, 2018.

If invited, applications must be submitted by March 15, 2018. Awards announced in April 2018.


Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For questions, contact Cristin McPeake, Director of Programs, at (845) 452-3077 or

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, and Ulster Counties