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DC Gov Coronavirus website
DC Gov official website for updates, DC resources, active testing sites, etc. We highlight a few important pages below.
Check out the New Well at Oxon Run Farm (Video)!
USDA Partners With Reinvestment Fund to Invest $22.6 Million to Increase Equitable Access to Healthy Foods Across Country. Market 7, a new DC community marketplace for Black-owned businesses in Ward 7, is one of the recipients
Have Questions about Gardening? Check out "Ask Extension"
DC residents who have questions about gardening, insect identification, and plant disease or pest management are welcome to submit those questions and photos to Ask Extension. Questions are answered by University of Maryland faculty, staff, Certified Professional Horticulturists, and Master Gardeners. This is a free online service for all MD and DC residents. Gardeners should use this link to submit questions and photos: https://go.umd.edu/AskExtension
The Balitmore Farm Alliance Black Butterfly Urban Farm Academy on the News (Video)
Enroll in Produce Plus and get $40 per month to spend on fresh, healthy food.
Produce Plus is a farmers market incentive program. Produce Plus is for District residents who are eligible for SNAP (food stamps), WIC or WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Grocery Plus (Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program), Medicaid, SSI Disability, or TANF.
Reimagining Food Justice + Sovereignty: An Earth Sessions Toolkit
This Earth Sessions toolkit explores the intersectionality of food justice and food sovereignty throughout U.S. History. t examines the relationships between food injustices and BIPOC communities’ autonomy over their land and food. And it provides some community approaches + action steps towards food justice and sovereignty inspired by Kofi Thomas from Good Life Garden and Tony Hillery from Harlem Grown.
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This is a call out for local DMV BIPOC clinical and community herbalists! If you are multi-lingual please please reach out! DC Mutual Aid Apothecary are partnering with the DC Street Medic Collective and EOR mutual aid who have both been supporting migrant communities who are being bused to DC. Looking for experienced herbalists to support at in-person pop ups where these folks will be able to get both medical and physical support as they land in our city. Also looking for experienced herbalists who want to offer 1-1 consultations at our pop ups in July and September. More details at below link
Inside The Local Mutual Aid Effort Supporting The Migrants Texas Bused To D.C.
Follow these accounts and newsletters for lists of daily actions, frequent updates, and urgent protests needs in Greater DC Area
DC Peacteam Events
- 7/16 We will offer an ONLINE Intro to Restorative Justice: Activating Community Values & Embracing Differences from 8am-11am EST. REGISTER HERE
- 7/23 We will offer an ONLINE Intro to Restorative Justice in India: Creating Pathways towards Restoration from 8am-11am EST. REGISTER HERE
Wild Seed Society
Cultivating a spiritual community that supports activists and organizers in Movement
- Caring Circles - A bi-weekly online drop-in space for BIPOC who want to practice caring for themselves and bearing witness to others - in service of our healing and liberation.
- Collective Caring PODS - A 5-month online course for BIPOC who want to heal from internalized oppression & create a caring community around them - for these burning times.
- Healing From Internalized Whiteness - A 10-week online course for white allies who want to do the inner work necessary for them to co-create with others - from a consensual and humanizing place.
DC Grassroots Planning Coalition
Gathers every second Saturday
A network of DC residents & organizations from all 8 Wards committed to pursuing racial, economic, and environmental justice through equitable development.
ONE DC Right to Housing Committee Meeting
Every Thursday - 6 PM to 8 PM
- 614 S St NW, Washington D.C. 20001
Join the Right to Housing Committee every Thursday at our Shaw Office! Come together with other ONE DC members to discuss our tenant rights, and build power to fight displacement and gain community control of land and housing for low-wage, long-standing Washingtonians.
ROC-DC Member Orientation / Orientación para MiembrosMonthly orientation every last Monday of each month from 1pm-2:30pm
Are you a restaurant worker who has been affected by COVID-19? Do you want to make changes in the restaurant industry for the better? Do you believe in justice and equity for all workers? The Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC (ROC-DC) is a worker-led organization that is fighting for better wages and working conditions for restaurant and food service workers across the DMV.
Recent Recorded Series and Events
Limited Equity Cooperatives Town Hall: Part 1
Panelists describe limited equity cooperatives, show why they are a solution to homeownership for low and moderate income people, and give suggestions about how to get started creating one in your community.
Food Solutions New England Winter Series
View their wrap-up and recordings on food policy, narrative strategy, the power of the network, and racial equity leadership all online.
More Information and Links
National Museum of Women in the Arts & DC Mutual Aid Apothecary
In this new series, please join our in depth interviews with the Curative Collective, a group of Women, Arts, and Social Change partners working at the intersection of food, art, and social change
Full Video Link
DC Mutual Aid Apothecary Instagram
DC Food Policy Council: Racism, Racial Equity, and the Food System Recordings
The DC Food Policy Council, in its role as a convener, invites those who are engaged in the DC food system (as a professional, student, or resident) to this 8-week conversation to reflect, learn, and hold ourselves accountable. Following sessions have been recorded
- The History of DC’s Grocery Gap
- Land Access and the Racial Wealth Gap
- How Racism and White Supremacy Influence Nutrition Education
- Racial Injustice and Workers in the Food Supply Chain (recording coming soon)
People's School of DC Anti-racism Resources
Organic Cannabis Home Cultivation 101 Recordings
Growing your own medicine isn't as hard as you think. In this FREE 3-part class, you'll learn how to set up an ideal grow environment in your home or garden, grow happy, healthy cannabis plants to maturity, and harvest and process the flowers safely. With an emphasis on organic, regenerative methods and minimizing expense and effort, this class will walk you through the process from seed to joint. Whether you're a total beginner, troubleshooting an existing grow, or looking to level up with advice from a more experienced grower, this class can help. Seven years of experience growing cannabis both indoors and outdoors in Washington DC enables the teacher to give a tailored region-specific advice taking into account our local climate, laws, equipment suppliers, and more.
Watch all 3 class recordings at below link
Herbalista Free School
All classes are taught live via Zoom. Classes are recorded and then also made available to our sustaining members via the Herbalista Toolkit
- Wednesday, June 15th [2:30 – 4 PM EST] - Making Fresh Plant Tinctures
- Sunday, July 3rd [12:30 – 4 PM EST] - Herbal Foot Care
- Wednesday, July 6th [2:30 – 4 PM EST] - Creating an HerbCare Station
- Sunday, July 17th [12:30 – 4 PM EST] - Herbal Basics: Diet and Digestion
University of Maryland Extension
US Botanic Gardens
Find the list of upcoming webinars below.
- 6/17 - 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Plant Science Conversations: The More Mangoes the Merrier (Online Discussion)
- 7/14 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Intro to Air Layering Propagation (Online Demo)
Urban Foraging Tour and Cider Tasting
Sat, June 18, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
ANXO Brightwood - 711 Kennedy Street Northwest
This foraging tour and tasting hosted by forager, food writer and instructor April Thompson
, DC's award winning cidery and the first in the nation's capital since Prohibition! Before meeting the cidermakers and sample their wares, you will enjoy a short walk around the Brightwood neighborhood, where your instructor will introduce you to numerous wild edible plants (you'd be surprised what grows out the cracks of the urban sidewalks!) and ways to prepare them.
THEARC Farm/Bridge Plot Workshop Series
BBAR Farms hosts a variety of urban agriculture workshops FREE to the community to support growers, herbalists, aspiring beekeepers and home cooks!
Cheseapeake Craft Monthly Farm Tours and Happy Hour
CRAFT farm tours and happy hours take place every 3-4 weeks, on Mondays, throughout the growing season, April- October. CRAFT farm tours begin at 3pm, followed by an outdoor bring-your-own happy hour.
Casey Trees March 2022 Volunteer Events
Wild Ginger Community Herbal Center 2022 Online Courses
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon
1 hour webinars, Cost is FREE
- 6/22 - Decision Making Resources and Tools for Cover Cropping and Other Best Management Practices
- 7/13 - When Self-Help Isn't Enough
- 7/27 - How to Conduct Market Research
Previous recorded webinars
Future Harvest CASA Field School
Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia
Fox Haven Organic Farm
Jubilee- A Celebration of Black Farming, Food and Culture
18104 Croom Road Brandywine, MD 20613
Sat, Jun 25, 2022, 5:00 PM – Sun, Jun 26, 2022, 12:00 AM
Join Junipers Garden for our annual Summer Solstice celebration! We will be celebrating black farming, food and culture all night! Come celebrate the official start of summer with Junipers Garden! On June 25th we are hosting fun filled evening that will feature good food, music, nature trails and camping. Our menu and namesake is inspired by our favorite cookbook, Jubilee! This event is for people who identify as BIPOC
who want to spend an evening eating delicious food, dancing and camping out under the stars!
Salads Are Never Boring
Thu 30th Jun 2022, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Common Good City Farm
300 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Join us for a Farm-to-Table cooking demo featuring Chef Stephanie Eyocko. Too often, salads are an afterthought—a hastily prepared side dish that satisfies the need for a vegetable on the dinner table. But with this class you’ll learn that paying attention to the details and knowing the right techniques make all the difference in preparing a salad that constitutes an entire meal—and, most importantly, a never-boring meal you’ll want to eat time and time and again. Join Chef Eyocko for this introductory salad-making class designed to teach you how to make an umami-forward Lentil Swiss Chard Salad with Grilled Oyster Mushrooms.
Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Training
Registration is now open for Summer session of Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Level 1 training and certification. Discounts are available for companies or organizations sending three or more employees to Level 1. Dates and details online: https://cblpro.org/training-calendar/
Home Food Preservation (Self Paced Virtual Program)
This short self-paced course will provide participants with the basic knowledge of safe home food preservation methods. It will discuss the science behind the specific methods that are used for home food preservation and introduce the learner to various methods of home food preservation (canning, freezing, dehydration, fermentation) using step-by-step guidance.
Soil, Conservation and Place -- Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
In this interview, Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (SESE) shares about the history of the worker-owned cooperative in Louisa County, Virginia. Ira explains the importance of narratives, nourishing ourselves, caring for history, and how care of the land and growing food is a noble profession. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is located on a 72-acre farm which includes goats, chickens, hayfields, an herb garden, and extensive vegetable gardens for seed production, trialing, and eating. The cooperative offers 800 plus varieties of vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seeds that will perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast but also can be adapted to other regions of the country. As of 2017, over 60% of the varieties SESE offer are Certified Organic, and over 60% are grown by small and mid-sized farmers. Ira and her colleagues continue to keep economic and environmental justice at the forefront of their farming and business structure.
Bird Brother: A Falconer's Journey and the Healing Power of WildlifeJoin us as we welcome back Rodney Stotts, one of America’s few Black master falconers, to celebrate the release of his first book, Bird Brother which revolves around pursuing dreams against all odds, and the importance of second chances.
FREE Urban Agriculture and Best Practices Presentations on Demand By Master Gardeners of Northern Viriginia
DUG Network Online Learning Page
Comprehensive list of locally made digital workshops, webinars, and podcasts, etc. covering many topics of interest including gardening, farming, herbalism, food, and food justice.
DPR Urban Grower Webinar Courses Recordings
Online classes and courses taught by DC Parks and Rec and dozens of other local teachers.
- DPR Urban Grower Webinar Course
- DPR Basics of Urban Growing Webinar Series
- DPR Advanced Grower Webinar Series
- Food Justice Webinars
Free Food Safety Online Courses
For 30 years, ServSafe has been at the forefront of preparing restaurant and foodservice workers to deliver safe dining experiences for their guests, while also keeping themselves safe. Every day, we train the restaurant and food service industry on topics like cooking temperatures, safe storage, and cross contamination, as well as hygiene, sanitation, and other risk mitigation activities. Because of the challenges presented by COVID-19, we have developed a number of free resources aimed at keeping our workers and the dining public safe.
Botany Everyday: Online Classes
6 day online class about plant botany and foraging
Mycologos Online Mushroom Classes
- Mushroom Identification: Basics & Beyond
- Everything’s Connected: Fungal Ecology from the Sea to the Sky
- The Many Ways of Fungi: First Steps Into the World of Mycology
- Growing Mushrooms for Food, Fun, & Profit
Good Gardening Videos
Learn to garden and be inspired by over 1,000 gardening videos curated for accuracy and quality. Use the Search Box, Browse by Topic, or go to Best Videos for each month in the sidebar. Good Gardening Videos is pro-science, pro-environment, ad-free and nonprofit
P.S. Rate Your Garden Teachers!
There have been many garden workshops citywide this year. Please help shape these classes by rating your teachers here: http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/
Help Grow Food!
DPR Communal Farms
DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Communal Farms
are urban Ag sites that are organized as communal production farms, managed by DPR staff and community volunteers, with the purpose of providing various ways for community members to receive free food, volunteer, and participate in hands on educational opportunities.
- Lederer Gardens – 4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs NE (Ward 7)
- Edgewood Rooftop Farm – 300 Evarts NE (Ward 5)
- Powell Communal Farm - 3149 16th Street NW (Ward 1)
If you want to hear about volunteer opportunities, workshops, and veggie giveaways email email@example.com to receive a weekly communal farm email update.
Volunteer with Dreaming Out Loud at the Farm at Kelly Miller
Come visit Dreaming Out Loud as we improve the health of our soil and prepare for this season's farmers market.Volunteers will help us enrich the farm's soil by adding organic amendments that will improve the overall health of our fields. They will also help us with many other farm tasks that may include weeding, watering, planting, seed starting, or harvesting.
Volunteer Hub Link: doldc.volunteerhub.com
City Blossoms Youth Garden Volunteer Open Hours
Volunteer at numerous youth gardens around the city at numerous times a month. Check out the many different volunteer times at the calendar at the link below.
Help with Food Access!
Meals on Wheels of Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Please join us preparing or delivering meals to our homebound neighbors. You can make a difference! Our 50-year-old community program doubled during the pandemic and volunteers are a critical part of our operations. In our 2021 volunteer survey, 100% of our volunteers said that they’d recommend volunteering with us; we hope more of our community will join our growing program to help nourish our neighbors. We have three different shift options from Monday through Friday. Please give us a call at 301-434-1922 or visit www.mowtakoma.org
for more information or to sign up.
GetGroceries - Be an early Adopter
We are bringing the first zero-waste grocery delivery service to the Washington DC Metro area. We are a values-driven organization that believes:
A) Food should not be packaged in toxic packaging;
B) A zero-waste kitchen is our best defense to protect Earth’s land, water and air;
C) It’s time to bring compassion back into the grocery shopping experience.
Become an early adopter and sign up today: http://www.getgroceries.delivery/
Help Rescue Food for People In Need During COVID-19!
These are very challenging times for many, but one silver lining of all this is the many organizations and individuals who are working tirelessly to help those in need in their communities. Food assistance organizations are already facing higher demand for food. However, as restaurants close or alter their menus, events and catering orders are canceled, and offices are moving to 100% telework, there is a large amount of excess food that could be donated and needs to be placed with a food assistance organization very quickly. Food Rescue US- DC
’s network of volunteers is ready to rescue that food and get it to the organizations who need it. Please, spread the word to restaurants, cafes, caterers, event spaces, offices, and any other businesses who may find themselves with excess food to donate that Food Rescue US - DC can rescue that food and make sure it gets to the right place. If you have food to donate or would like to volunteer to rescue food, you can:
Sign up via the Food Rescue US app
Find a Local Farmer Outside DC
Looking to avoid factory farms but not ready to go vegan?
Job and Apprenticeship Openings
Common Good City Farm Interim Communications & Event Manager
Common Good City Farm is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 and has a mission to create a vibrant, informed, and well-nourished community through urban farming. Common Good’s half-acre farm in DC’s LeDroit Park is the principal site for programs providing hands-on training in food production, healthy eating, and environmental sustainability to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Loop Closing Sale Leader
Are you a dynamic Sales Leader eager to make a difference in the environmental justice sector? Interested in helping us grow? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Anacostia Watershed Society Open Positions
- Gifts Officer
- Manager of Education
- Operations Administrator
DC Greens Open Positions
Food Corp Applications Extended until May 27
As a FoodCorps service member, you can help kids learn what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day. FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of full time paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities.
Organics Program Specialist
The District of Columbia is actively recruiting for an experienced Organics Program Specialist to lead the District’s organics recycling programs and policy initiatives. Visit Careers.dc.gov and search for Job ID: 17104 to apply today
DC Green Infrastructure Projects Assistant
The DC Green Infrastructure Projects Assistant job is a full-time entry level position that will assist in programmatic work, including field work within and around DC. The position will involve completion of percolation tests for green infrastructure projects and work with the District of Columbia’s RiverSmart Homes Landscaping program. RiverSmart Homes is a residential reduced-cost stormwater retention program that installs GSI practices to capture and infiltrate stormwater runoff on properties to keep it out of the sewer systems and local waterways. The Alliance assists the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) to oversee and coordinate the installation of several stormwater retention practices as a part of their RiverSmart programs.
Food Recovery Network Program Associate
FRN is seeking a Program Associate to join our team! This is an ideal position for someone with 1-2 years of experience who can simultaneously manage multiple, detail-oriented projects in a fast-paced environment, exhibits strong communication skills, and is looking to work on a wide variety of projects.
FRESH FARM Open Positions
- Farmers Market Senior Manager
- 2022 Season: Market Managers & Substitutes
- Food Access Translators (Volunteers & Contractors)
- Pop Up Food Hub Support Staff
- 2022 Season: Pop Up Food Hub Community Delivery Driver
- Summer 2022: FoodPrints Classroom Assistants (Interns & Work-Study Students)
- FoodPrints Lead, Assistant, & Bilingual Teachers
(Fall 2022; full & part-time)
- Clear Spring Creamery – Farmers Market Team Member
- Deep Roots Farm – Multiple Positions
- Richfield Farm – Farmers Market Crew
- RavenHook Bakehouse – Farmers Market Manager
- RavenHook Bakehouse – Artisan Bread Baker, Baking Assistant
- Roots n’ Shoots Microgreens – Farmers Market Staff
- Ozz Catering – Farmers Market Sales Representatives
Harvest CASA Accepting Proposals for Conference Coordinator
Future Harvest (FH) is seeking a visionary and detail-oriented contractual conference coordinator. This individual reports to the executive director and works closely with the FH staff and board, our members, volunteers, and partners to organize and execute an inspiring, educational, and community-building, annual winter conference. The conference is held every year on Martin Luther King weekend in January and is a key component of FH’s education programming and regional networking. For 2023, the conference will take place in person in College Park, Md., and may include a virtual component. This job requires someone who has vision, creativity, self-direction, and pays great attention to detail. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are encouraged to apply.
City Blossoms Operations Manager
The Operations Manager is responsible for maintaining the ongoing operations of the organization and maintaining City Blossoms finances. Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Operations Manager will play an integral role in allowing the organization to enact its mission. This person will have both internal and external facing responsibilities ranging from administration, budgeting, office management, organizational support, and program reporting to funders.
Food Growing Education Specialist at the Capital Area Food Bank
This position will provide the fellow with the opportunity to gain a strong understanding of the issues surrounding food insecurity in the DMV Area. While working with our nutrition education team, he/she will get an in-depth look into various programs and approaches that are being deployed directly by the Food Bank and indirectly through food assistance organizations to address the issue of food insecurity both in the short and longer term. Fellows are a vital part of the Capital Area Food Bank.
Casey Trees Open Positions
Accokeek foundation (2) new Part Time Educators
The Accokeek Foundation manages approximately 200 acres of land for public use within Piscataway Park, a national park located in Prince George’s County. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the Accokeek Foundation interprets the past, present, and future of agriculture and environmental stewardship. The park is open daily to visitors of all ages to enjoy a quiet landscape for education, recreation, and reflection.Position OverviewEducators serve as an informed and friendly ambassador for the Accokeek Foundation, providing engaging interpretive and educational experiences to school groups and the general public. Educators will lead programming on the cultural, historical, and environmental significance of Piscataway Park and its impact on the local community.
Arcadia Farms Open Positions
- Administrative Manager
- Arcadia Farm Camp Manager
- Arcadia Farm Camp Counselors
- Mobile Market Seasonal Positions
Love & Carrots Job Openings
- Landscape Designer
- Installation Crew
For more food-related job opportunities, check out these links:
Grants and Funding
Philanthropy News Digest - Published RFPs
Commercial Property Acquisition Fund
Rolling basis until funds are expended
The Commercial Property Acquisition Fund offers grants aimed at providing much-needed support for equity impact enterprise business or business eligible to be a certified equity impact enterprise who seek to purchase and locate within commercial property within the District of Columbia. An equity impact enterprise is a resident-owned, small business that it is at least 51% owned by an individual who is, or a majority number of individuals who are economically-disadvantaged or have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias.
Green Our Planet School Garden or Hydroponics Program!
Green Our Planet is providing grants to 250 public or charter schools in the United States to help fund Green Our Planet's Hydroponics STEM Program and/or Green Our Planet's outdoor GardenConnect STEM program next year at your schools!
DMPED Food Access Fund
The purpose of the Food Access Fund (FAF) Grant is to increase equitable access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food by securing grocery stores, and restaurants; support existing small businesses; attract new businesses; increase the District’s tax base; create new job opportunities for District residents; and transform designated emerging commercial corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers. The FAF Grant will support qualified businesses with capital for tenant improvements related to expansion of operations into a new location in an area identified as having low food access (as set forth in the Act), with priority given to locations in Ward 7 or Ward 8. DMPED will award up to a maximum of $7,000,000.00 in grants to successful grantees under this program.
Commercial Property Acquisition Fund
Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, in partnership with the Council of the District of Columbia, are strategically investing up to $4 million in the Commercial Property Acquisition Fund. The Commercial Property Acquisition Fund is devised to provide down payment assistance through grants of up to $750,000 or 25% of the sale price, whichever is less, to eligible businesses looking to maintain and expand their operations to a physical presence by acquiring commercial property located in the District.
The Grassroots Fund's Grant Programs
Fesigned to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities. We offer three grant programs for different types of groups:
- Seed grants are designed to support new (often less than 1 year old) environmental projects.
- Grow grants support initiatives that look to deepen their work or broaden participation.
- The Young Leaders program supports efforts with significant leadership by organizers under 25 years old.
Click on the program tabs below to learn more about guidlines, eligibility criteria and to start an application. https://grassrootsfund.org/grant-programs
Nourish DC Collaborative
Financing, Technical Assistance, and Grants to Help DC Food Businesses Expand Economic Prosperity
Launched in 2021, the Nourish DC Collaborative was created in partnership with the District government to support the development of a robust ecosystem of locally owned food businesses, neighborhood vibrancy, and health equity in DC communities, especially in neighborhoods underserved by grocery stores and other food businesses. Nourish DC provides flexible loans, technical assistance, and catalytic grants to emerging and existing food businesses in the District of Columbia, with a preference for businesses located in or owned by residents of underserved neighborhoods.
Nourish DC Collaborative Catalytic Grant Application Opens
Catalytic grants will support businesses increasing access to healthy food and creating quality jobs.
- Total Grant Funding: $250,000 available in 2021
- Grant Range: $10,000-$50,000
- Grant Uses Include: New product development, marketing, technology, equipment, real estate acquisition, construction, tenant improvements
- Eligible Business Location: Food business must be physically located in DC, preference for Wards 5, 7, or 8
- Eligible Business Revenue: Food businesses generating revenue equal to two times the amount of grant funding requested
THE DC KIVA HUB @ DSLBD IS OPEN!
DSLBD has partnered with Kiva, a platform for financing your business using crowdsourcing tools. To learn more about how you can take advantage of this amazing opportunity to raise capital, especially if you have struggled to find financing through traditional routes, visit DSLBD.DC.gov/DCKivaHub
for more information.
Philanthropy News Digest publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for U.S.-based grant-making organizations and nonprofits. To have your RFP considered for publication, please email email@example.com
with a Word document, text-only file, or link to a Web site explaining the program scope, grantee qualifications, application instructions, and deadlines. We require notice of funding opportunities four weeks in advance of their deadlines.
New RFPs include:
On-going Grants (no deadlines)
Serve DC Funding Alert
Full list of funding opportunities and resources found here. Recently updated on Sept. 11:
DOEE Notice of Funding Availability
GreenWrench Technical Assistance Program
This fall, DOEE will be releasing a Request for Applications (RFA) for the GreenWrench Technical Assistance Program. This RFA would be to provide technical assistance services to auto body and repair shops and coordinate giving shops an opportunity to try out products that contain safer chemicals. DOEE launched the GreenWrench Technical Assistance Program to work with and educate District automotive repair shops on the effects of pollution and the benefits of source reduction. https://doee.dc.gov/service/greenwrench
Chipotle Capacity Building Grants
Chipotle announces funds to support educational programs for youth, food agriculture, community improvement and capacity building. Eligibility: Public and state controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, Local Educational Agencies and State Educational Agencies Deadline: None Funds: Awards are available up to $350 Contact: Chipotle Philanthropy Website: https://www.chipotle.com/email-us#philanthropy
Costco Wholesale Foundation.
Costco Wholesale Foundation provides Grants and in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations for programs in the areas of human services, health, education, and children. This program is open to organizations operating in communities where Costco has a business presence.
GFFA Mini-Grant Application
The purpose of GFFA mini-grants is to enable members of communities that have been historically excluded from federal food and agriculture negotiations to generate, refine, and advocate for their policy priorities and innovations. Projects funded through the grants will be used to increase member collaboration and channel the expertise, skills, and knowledge of the GFFA coalition to strengthen its capacity to inform the policy making process. Applicants for mini-grants must provide answers to a series of questions developed by the Funding Advisory Board and may not receive more than 2 grants per cycle or 3 per fiscal year.
Costco Wholesale Foundation
Costco Wholesale Foundation provides Grants and in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations for programs in the areas of human services, health, education, and children. This program is open to organizations operating in communities where Costco has a business presence. For an organization to receive a grant or an in-kind contribution the decision is based on several factors, including: type of program; identified community need not otherwise available; indication that evidenced based data will establish measureable results of intended outcomes; community collaboration; broad base of financial support; project budget and operating expenses. For more information visit https://www.costco.com/charitable-giving.html
Nature Works Everywhere School Grants
The Nature Conservancy announces funds to support school projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. The goal is to support young people who work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation Eligibility: Independent school districts and Local Educational Agencies Deadline: None Funds: Fifty awards are available up to $2,000 Contact: The Nature Conservancy at firstname.lastname@example.org Website: https://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/grants/
Empowering Families and Individuals Funds
James M. Cox Foundation announces funds to support programs and projects in the areas of conservation and the environment, early childhood education (birth to five years), empowering families and individuals for success and health. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations Contact: James M. Cox Foundation at CorporateGiving@coxinc.com Website: https://www.coxenterprises.com/corporate-responsibility/corporate-giving
Value Added Producer Grants
The USDA Rural Development's VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and or marketing of new products. Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures, are eligible to apply. Learn more and apply here.
Initiatives Addressing Climate Change and Inequality
Nathan Cummings Foundation announces funds to support the four focus areas that together advance the vision of a healthy planet and a healthy democracy. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations Deadline: None Contact: Nathan Cummings Foundation Website: http://www.nathancummings.org/how-apply
SBIR Funding Opportunities
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture awards AFRI research, education, and extension grants to combat childhood obesity, improve rural economies, increase food production, create new sources of energy, mitigate the impacts of climate variability, address water availability issues, ensure food safety and security, and train the next generation of agricultural workforce.
DOEE RiverSmart Rewards and Clean Rivers IAC Incentive Programs
Apply for RiverSmart Rewards and receive discounts on your DC Water bill. District residents, businesses, and property owners can earn a discount of up to 55% off the DOEE Stormwater Fee when they reduce stormwater runoff by installing green infrastructure (GI) such as green roofs, bioretention, permeable pavement, and rainwater harvesting systems.
Fair Food Fund
Provides financing & business assistance to good food enterprises that are growing vibrant local food systems.
The Pollinator Project
On-going grants for social change
The Cornell Douglas Foundation
Environmental, Health and Justice. Cornell Douglas Foundation announces funds to support environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and financial literacy. Introductory of letters are required and are reviewed throughout the year. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations Deadline: None Funds: Awards are available up to $10,000 Contact: Cornell Douglas Foundation at (301) 229-3008 Website: http://www.cornelldouglas.org/
USDA/NRCS Conservation Programs
(Funds for High Tunnels for Urban Farms)
Financial Assistance Programs, Easement Programs, Partnership Programs and funds for High Tunnels
Environmentall Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/md/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcseprd416254
AMA (Agricultural Management Assistance Program) https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/md/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcseprd416254 (Irrigation System can be financed through this program.
ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grants
Timeframe: Ongoing — No Deadline
The ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies dedicated to the prevention and elimination of animal cruelty throughout the United States (animal agriculture included).
The Awesome Foundation DC
The Awesome Foundation gives out a $1,000 monthly grant every month to fund any awesome idea.
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