Food Justice Call for Proposals

Supporting and Building Food Justice in Philadelphia!

We just launched our open call for food justice projects to fund and welcome you to send in a Letter of Interest (LOI). See details and links below! UPDATE: Deadline has been extended. Applications are due February 20, 2019. Keep scrolling for even more updates.

Food justice means communities can exercise their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food (from JustFood). We have up to $200,000 available to fund projects that take place between July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. There will be the the potential for renewed funding after that period.

This open call for ideas is for everyone. Apply if you are a person, organization, business or collective that wants to build food justice in Philadelphia and embodies a health justice approach. If you have been working in food access for a long time and need some support to scale up and take the next step, we want to hear from you. If you are a community organizer or capacity builder and see a clear way to include healthy food for the future, we want to hear from you. If you are a budding entrepreneur with a fresh idea, we want to hear from you. If you make, grow, sell, or eat food, we want to hear from you.

Preference will be given to proposals from community-based and/or people of color-led organizations that aim to serve the community’s needs. Proposals should include projects that are either deeply-rooted in a neighborhood, change systems, OR have a broad citywide reach (or the potential to be scaled citywide).

See the Letter of Interest overview and Application in your preferred language below and apply online using the link below:


Please contact with questions or concerns.


Updated information as of 1/28/2019:

*translated documents coming soon*

Healthy Food Definition:

For this proposal, projects should focus on increasing access to healthy foods that are in short supply in neighborhoods. Healthy foods are foods that build and sustain human health such as:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Beans, peas, lentils, and other legumes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Proteins such as fish, tofu, and lower fat dairy products

In general, healthy foods are fresh or frozen and don’t contain added sugars, fats, or high levels of salt.

Preference will also be given to food that is grown, prepared and distributed in ways that support worker, environmental, and animal health.

General selection criteria:

Required for all proposals

Based in Philadelphia

Budget request does not exceed $200,000

Proposal focuses on healthy food

Ability to contract directly or through a fiscal sponsor

 What are we looking for?:


Leadership Organization and/or project led by People of Color (POC) and/or people with lived experience with health injustice. They have clear and real decision-making roles: in executive or leadership positions, on the board, and/or staff reflect the racial makeup of Philadelphia (55% POC)
Impact Who will benefit and how many people? Will benefit be to geographic location or to individuals/community that experienced historic health injustice?
Authentic Community Ownership Demonstrates community buy in and authentic engagement in selecting this project approach and focus
Fair Compensation Livable wages and even distribution of budgetary resources. If subcontracting, focus on using local businesses or individuals that are compensated fairly.
Systems Change Project clearly demonstrates a systematic change or the dismantlement of a system, having a direct impact on chronic disease (e.g. the local food system, local waste system, etc.)
Sustainability Proposal clearly demonstrates how project activities or impacts will be sustained post award, and/or project is led by groups that are in collective together long-term, with strong community ties, and will keep working on the project after the award and project cycle are completed
Feasibility Proposal scope matches budget and timeline and makes sense with project team and partners’ skills.
Innovative or Catalytic Proposal idea will be catalytic in impact or shifts the status quo in significant ways (see question about what this work will make happen that wouldn’t otherwise, or if group is expanding current work, or working with new partners)
Partnership Collaborative and/or collective approach and includes key sectors and actors to make proposal work.

Information session from Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Watch now!

Frequently Asked Questions: Click here.


  1. We currently run three food banks at our church and Community center. What are some ideas we can do to expand our operation to include a more healthy food selection?

    Any ideas?

    • i would check out the healthy pantries that are currently in operation. I know there is a Green Light pantry at the Dreuding Center that is supported by The Coalition Against Hunger.

    • Terry Johnson

      Hi Brian – in an effort to keep submissions unbiased, we can’t provide examples at this time, but we encourage you to submit ideas that you may have. If you are not interested in applying, but would like to discuss further – contact Thank you for your comment!

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