Food Equity Fund

The Food Equity Fund is a program of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON). The purpose of the fund is to invest in community-led work that contributes to an equitable and sustainable local food system.

Funding is provided by revenue from Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax. In 2024, approximately $2.3 million is available in funding through two grant cycles: The Food Equity Fund Grant and the Starter Fund (formerly known as the Capacity Building Grant) which will launch on April 1, 2024.

What We Fund

We support work led by those who experience the most food and health inequities: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, youth, and elders.

Eligible proposals must:

  • Have project activities occur within Seattle.
  • Be accessible and benefit people who live, learn, work and/or worship in Seattle
  • Focus on contributing to an equitable and sustainable local food system
  • Be complete within 24 months of contracting

Funding Calendar

There are two funding opportunities within the Food Equity Fund:

  

Food Equity Fund Grant
Starter Fund
Award Amount $25,000 to $100,000 $5,000 to $25,000  
Project Length Up to 24 months   Up to 24 months
Application Open Tuesday, January 16, 2024 Monday, April 1, 2024 -
October 31, 2024 (or until funding runs out)
Application Due Date

Tuesday March 19, 2024 by 11:59pm

Rolling basis
Notice of Decision Late June 2024 Within three weeks of virtual interview
Contracts with City  Within five weeks from notice of decision Within four weeks from notice of decision 

NOTE: Applicants cannot hold awards in both grants.

2024 Application Materials:

Who Should Apply

    • Organizations that have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status with less than $500k annual budget 

    • Community groups with less than $500k annual budget that have a *fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status,

    • Tribes and tribal organizations, and/or

    • Organizations and groups led by those who experience the most food and health inequities: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, youth, and/or elders.

Information Sessions

Join a virtual information session to learn more about the application process and qualities of a strong proposal and to ask any questions. Please register for an information session here.

Starter Fund Info Session #1: Thursday April 18, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

  • Join by phone: (206) 207-1700   
  • Access Code 2484 780 4916     Password 2024  

Starter Fund Info Session #2: Tuesday May 28, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

  • Join by phone: (206) 207-1700  
  • Access code: 2483 658 9640    Password 2024  

Starter Fund Info Session #3: Monday July 15, 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. 

  • Join by phone: (206) 207-1700  
  • Access code: 2495 912 2033    Password: 2024  

Questions?

Email foodequityfund@seattle.gov or call 206-727-FOOD (3663) to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a project manager. Project managers are available to meet outside of regular business hours and weekends with advance scheduling.

Opens January 16, 2024

2024 Application Materials:

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Eligible Applicants:

  • Organizations that have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
  • Community groups that have a *fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3)
    nonprofit status.
  • Tribes and tribal organizations.
  • *A fiscal sponsor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that agrees to act as the trustee of your project’s funds and assumes financial responsibilities related to record keeping and the disbursement of funds 

Information Sessions and Office Hours

Listen to a short presentation about the application process and ask questions. All three sessions have the same information. Interpretation is available with one week’s notice. Register here.

Date and time: How to join virtually:
Tuesday Jan. 30,
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Link: Food Equity Fund Info Session #1
Join by phone: (206) 207-1700 
Access Code 2491 432 3663    Password 2024

Monday Feb. 12,
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Link: Food Equity Fund Info Session #2
Join by phone: (206) 207-1700
Access code: 2489 593 9972   Password 2024

Thursday, Feb 29,
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Link: Food Equity Fund Info Session #3
Join by phone: (206) 207-1700
Access code: 2484 962 5571   Password: 2024

Food Equity Fund Info Session Recording, 2024

Read the questions and answers from staff and info session participants. This document is updated after each info session.

Open office hours: Join an informal space to ask questions

To set up a time to meet one-on-one with a project manager, please contact us at (206) 727-3663 or foodequityfund@seattle.gov

Questions?

Email foodequityfund@seattle.gov or call 206-727-FOOD (3663) to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a project manager. Project managers are available to meet outside of regular business hours and weekends with advance scheduling.

Neighborhoods

Jenifer Chao, Director
Address: 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor, Seattle, WA , 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA, 98124-4649
Phone: (206) 684-0464
Fax: (206) 233-5142
seattleneighborhoods@seattle.gov

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