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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Individuals in Eligible Locations to Improve Access to Healthy Food

Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative (PFJI)


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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/26/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in eligible locations to address food insecurity and increase access to healthy food. Funding is intended for community-led programs and projects in underserved areas where access to healthier food is needed the most. The grant program is informed by health justice, the collective movement to heal society and remove barriers that prevent individual and community well-being. Applicants must be located in Philadelphia.

PFJI prioritizes projects led by Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and those with lived experience with health injustice. They welcome ideas and projects from any applicant that wants to build food justice in Philadelphia and embodies a health justice vision.

Applications are welcome from: 

  • Those who have been working in food access for a long time and need some support to scale up and take the next step;
  • Those who are community-organizing and capacity-building and see a clear way to include healthy food in their work;
  • Budding entrepreneurs with a fresh idea;
  • Anyone who makes, grows, cooks, or sells food.

Projects must include at least one of the following: 1) deep roots in a neighborhood or (defined) community, 2) broad citywide reach, OR 3) potential for systems change or scaling up over time.

Projects could include growing or making food (gardening, incubator or community kitchens, etc) moving/distributing food (group purchasing, new delivery systems or solutions), selling food (retail or prepared), food waste recovery or food marketing, improving wages and/or working conditions in the food system, providing free or emergency food or meals. Funds can also support collective work across organizations to grow, make, store, move, cook, or sell food. Funds can be for planning or for implementation. 

For project examples, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be located in the City of Philadelphia. Nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, cooperatives, or collectives working on food justice are
eligible to apply. Retail and non-retail food businesses are eligible.

Applicants must make a commitment that their businesses be tobacco-free.

Funds cannot be used for hard costs like land, property, building improvements, or equipment items over $500.

Pre-Application Information
Application and Grant Timeline
1. May 26, 2023 – Applications are due by the end of the day (11:59 pm Eastern Time)
2. June 30, 2023 – Grantees selected and all applicants notified
3. After June 2023 – Agreements finalized with selected grantees and grant funding disbursements begin.
4. June 30, 2024 – PFJI grant period ends

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Additional Funding Information

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Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum award for any project is $100,000. There is no minimum grant award.

Term of Contract
Grant project activities must take place between July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024, with the potential for renewed funding after that period. Grant activities and expenses can be reimbursed dating back to January 1, 2023.

Contact Information
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