Food Equity Fund

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The Food Equity Fund was developed in 2021 in response to recommendations from the Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board to increase investments in community work led by those most impacted by food and health inequities: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, families with young children, youth, and elders. 

In 2022, approximately $3 million in funding is available for community-led projects. Projects will be awarded within two funding tiers.  Tier 1 grants have a maximum award amount of $75,000 for projects that take between 3 to 12 months to complete. Tier 2 grants have a maximum award amount of $150,000, and cover projects that span from 15 to 24 months. Funding is provided through revenue from Seattle's Sweetened Beverage Tax. 

What We Fund

We fund an array of unique and creative community endeavors that seek to increase equitable access and opportunities to grow, to learn about, and/or eat healthy, affordable, and culturally relevant foods.

This includes but is not limited to projects that:

  • Increase access to culturally relevant food
  • Create a more equitable and sustainable local food system*
  • Promote healthy eating and positive lifestyle changes
  • Partner with small businesses in the food sector that are or want to address food equity  

*By "food system" we mean activities related to growing, processing, preparing/eating, or distributing food, and/or managing food waste.  

Projects must: 

  • Occur within Seattle 
  • Benefit people who live, learn, and/or work in Seattle

Who We Fund

Neighborhood groups, 501(c)3 nonprofits, community organizations, and informal ad hoc groups are encouraged to apply.  
The following groups are not eligible:

  • For profit entities. Small businesses in the food sector that are or want to address food equity can partner with a community organization, friends of or ad-hoc group to carry out a project.
  • Individual persons
  • Major institutions: government agencies, universities, hospitals, schools
  • Political groups
  • Organizations outside of Seattle
  • Media organizations
  • Groups that currently receive other Department of Neighborhoods(DON) grants for the same project (Neighborhood Matching Fund, Duwamish River Opportunity Fund). Groups are allowed to hold multiple DON grants as long as they are for separate and unique projects.    

    Applicants without 501(c)3 nonprofit status must have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)3 nonprofit status.  

Funding Tiers

There are two funding opportunities within the Food Equity Fund:


*Tier 1 *Tier 2
Award Amount Up to $75,000 $80,000 to $150,000
Project Length 3 months to 12 months 15 months to 24 months
Application Open October 1, 2021 to November 30, 2021 March 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022
Application Review

December 2021/
January 2022

June/July 2022. Project interview may be required.
Notice of Decision February 2022 July 2022
Contract Signed & Project Ready to Begin Within four weeks from award date Within five weeks from award date

*Applicants cannot hold grants in both tiers.

Informational Workshops

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Tier 1:

Tier 2:

The Tier 2 funding opportunity for projects with budgets from $80,000 to $150,000, spanning 15 to 24 months will open March 1, 2022. More information will be available at the end of 2021.