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On Demand Workshops
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
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)
2020 Intro to Racism and White Privilege Webinar Course
July 2020 to February 2021
The People’s School of DC 2019 “Introduction to Racism and White Privilege course” has been converted to a webinar format, that will be recorded and publicly shared, starting in July. This is a FREE 24-class course, (3) 2-hour classes a month, on the many different forms of racism and white privilege in the US, specifically focusing on forms beyond the “explicit” and “easy to see”, through a multi-media lecture series presenting hundreds of anti-racism concepts, perspectives, strategies, resources, speeches, quotes, videos, books, articles, and ways to get involved in modern day efforts to dismantle white supremacy.
Current webinar recordings available:
People's School of DC Anti-racism Resources
Find nearest blood drive: www.redcrossblood.org/
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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
DPR Urban Grower Certificate Course
March 2nd to May 18th
Still room to sign up to receive class recordings
The DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Urban Grower Course is a FREE course focused on teaching people the basics of gardening in a city from building a home garden to cooking your harvest to composting your waste to understanding the food systems we live in. This course is (15) 2-hour classes with 12 online webinars and 3 in-person hands on lessons at DPR farms occurring over 3 months.
March 2nd to May 18th
12 online webinars every Wednesdays Evenings 6:30-8:30pm
3 in-person lessons 1 Saturday morning a month from 10-12pm (For certificate participants only)
Wednesday Evening Online Webinars
March 2 – Building a Garden
March 9 – Starting Seeds and Propagating at Home
March 16 – Vegetable Planting and Maintenance
March 23 – Garden Calendar Planning: What to do each month?
March 30 – Container Gardening
April 6 – Garden Pest, Diseases, and Weeds
April 13 – Critter Proofing, Season Extension, and Garden Carpentry
April 20 – Urban Composting
April 27 – Urban Fruit trees
May 4 – Food Justice 101: National/International Issues
May 11 – Food Justice 201: Local Issues
May 18 – Harvesting, Cooking, and Preservation
- 4/9 - 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM - Can My Cat Nibble That? Plants and Pets with a Vet (Online Q&A)
- 4/21 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM - Ask an Expert: Spring Kitchen Garden Preparations (Online Q&A)
- 4/23 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Unexpected Spring Foraging (Online Lecture)
- 4/28 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Ask an Expert: Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (Online Q&A)
- 4/29 - 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Plant Science Conversations: Amazing Almonds with Dr. Josette Lewis
Food Tank Summit on Urban AgroEcology: The Quest for a Sustainable Food Systems Model
Wed, April 20, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Food Tank, the University of the District of Columbia, and Bowery Farming, present a Summit on Wednesday, April 20th, themed "Urban AgroEcology: The Quest for a Sustainable Food Systems Model." In partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations North America, International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the World Food Program USA.
Climate Change and the Future of Work
What does climate change have to do with a career in healthcare? Or law? Join Catholic University’s “Climate Change and the Future of Work” conference on April 21-22 to find out! The goals for the conference include inspiring and informing students and the broader community, as well as creating space for generative, forward-thinking conversation. Once the conference program and agenda are set, they will be available online at https://www.climate.catholic.edu/
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!
Earth Day Celebration at the Brookland Arts WalkSATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022 AT 10 AM – 4 PM
Join us for a celebration of Earth Day on the Arts Walk! We’ll have DIY crafting stations, swaps, shopping from local sustainable artists and makers, and local organizations dedicated to sustainability joining us.
Do-Nothing Farming: Philosophy & Practices of the Masanobu Fukuoka Natural Farm
Thursday, May 05, 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Join us to talk with Mr. Hiroki Fukuoka to discuss natural-farming and the "philosophy of nothingness" manifested in the practices and writings of his grandfather, Masanobu Fukuoka. In 1975, Masanobu Fukuoka's book, The One-Straw Revolution shared with the world, the radical idea of farming and living within the limits of natural boundaries. Join us for a conversation with Fukuoka's grandson, Mr. Hiroki Fukuoka, who continues this way of farming and being in relationship with the earth at Masanobu Fukuoka Natural Farm. View this video to learn more about Mr. Fukuoka and the Masanobu Fukuoka Natural Farm.
Recent Recorded Classes
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. We're currently working to get Lederer Gardens and Edgewood Rooftop Farm ready for a spring planting in March. And we're building a new communal farm called 16th st Farm in April. See locations below.
- Lederer Gardens – 4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs NE
- Edgewood Rooftop Farm – 300 Evarts NE
- 3149 16th Street NW (New farm being built this Spring)
If you want to hear about volunteer opportunities, workshops, and veggie giveaways email email@example.com to receive a weekly communal farm email update.
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
DC Local Grown CSAs
C.R.I.S.P. CSA (THEARC and Kelly Miller Farms)
Find a Local Farmer Outside DC
Looking to avoid factory farms but not ready to go vegan?
Job and Apprenticeship Openings
National Capital Region Horticulturist
Casey Trees Open Positions
As a Horticulturist, you will be responsible for assisting the Regional Horticulturist improving the landscape management program for the National Capital Region at GSA.
Food Rescue US –DC Site Coordinator
Food Rescue US (foodrescue.us), a national nonprofit, is hiring a Site Coordinatort o support the Washington, DC program’s mission to reduce food waste and hunger in the DMV. The Site Coordinator will work closely with the Food Rescue US–DC Site Director to support the day-to-day maintenance and growth of the program.
Takoma Park Seasonal Maintenance Technician
The City of Takoma Park is seeking Seasonal Maintenance Technicians to perform routine maintenance tasks for the Public Works Department, including mowing, gardening, and other Vegetation Maintenance team duties. The employees in this position are expected be active through October 2022, and may work up to 40 hours per week, as assigned.
KOL Foods Customer Happiness Specialist (F/T or P/T)
KOL Foods is the only provider of kosher grass-fed US meat and organic, pastured poultry. We are looking for a new team member! Do you listen carefully to our customers’ needs? Are you comfortable talking to strangers and do you love talking about food and cooking? Join the KOL Foods Family!
Emma's Torch Positions
Provides culinary training and job placement services to refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking in Maryland.
Executive Director DC Greens
Founded in 2009, DC Greens is a nonprofit organization that advances health equity by building a just and resilient food system in the nation’s capital. We believe racial justice, food access, and health equity are all connected, and that change requires systemic solutions and cross-sector collaboration. We work in solidarity with those who are most impacted to build a more just food system and break down the systemic barriers that harm our community. We incubate programmatic solutions with an eye towards long-term sustainability and systemic up-take. By supporting advocacy efforts and helping to enact policy that uplifts people of color, DC Greens increases access to nutritious food and improves health outcomes.
Owl's Nest Farm Work Traders
Owl's Nest Farm is looking for a few good work traders who can commit to spending Saturday mornings on our production farm in exchange for a share of produce. We're just 15 miles outside DC! First orientation is April 2.
Arcadia Farms Open Positions
- Arcadia Farm Camp Manager
- Arcadia Farm Camp Counselors
Grown@Pope Food Production and Donation Coordinator - Seasonal
The Grown@Pope Coordinator will be responsible for managing the food donation project in collaboration with the Montgomery County Parks Community Garden Program and Pope Farm Nursery. The focus of this project is to combat food insecurity in Montgomery County. The ideal candidate for this position will value community partnerships and uplifting the food system in Montgomery County. This position is a 50/50, administrative and field position. The successful candidate will be responsible for working with partners and volunteers to plant and maintain an area of .2 acres; harvest, and weigh produce; identify partners or food assistance providers that will receive food donations.
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Community Gardens - Intern
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner. Behind the vast and diverse Montgomery County Department of Parks system is a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees, 421 parks and over 37,000 acres of park land that serves a diverse population of more than one million residents in the Washington, DC area. The Community Gardens Intern will report directly to the Community Garden Program Manager. The intern will assist the Montgomery County Department of Parks in conducting inspections at 12 community gardens across Montgomery County and will also focus on highlighting cultural diversity within the program, creating a newsletter, and initiating special summer projects.
The Montgomery County Food Council Food Security AmeriCorps VISTA
Are you interested in working to end hunger in Montgomery County? In building your leadership and community engagement skills while supporting a network of food assistance and social service providers, local government, public schools, advocacy organizations, and county residents? If so, please consider applying to be our Food Security AmeriCorps VISTA! To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “VISTA Application.” Cover letters should include a summary of the candidate’s experience and interest in community engagement and food systems issues. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of March 28, 2022. Learn more about the VISTA Program here.
Common Good City Farm is hiring a Seasonal Farm Market Assistant! Common Good City Farm is looking for someone who is interested in supporting our weekly Farm Market on Wednesday afternoons along with monthly farm markets on Saturdays. The Farm Market Assistant will work 10 hours a week from April to September for $20/hour. Apply by March 18 for a start date by April 11. For more details and to apply, visit https://www.commongoodcityfarm.org/jobs-and-internships
Deep Roots Positions
- Market Manager/CSA & Events Coordinator
- 2022 Field Crew (Full -Time & Part Time)
City Blossoms Open Positions
FRESHFARM's Institutional Giving Manager
Are you an equity-minded development professional passionate and excited about local food, food access and food education? Apply to be FRESHFARM's Institutional Giving Manager! Learn more about the role & hope to apply on our Employment Page.
DOEE Environmental Protection Specialist
DOEE is looking for an Environmental Protection Specialist to join the team that implements and enforces the Bag Law, Foam Ban, Plastic Straw Ban, and other regulations that reduce pollution in the District. The person will also support coordination of DOEE’s efforts under the Chesapeake Bay Program and manage DOEE grants. For more detailed information regarding this opportunity, please head to careers.dc.gov and enter 16041 in the search area.
WABA Vision Zero Campaign Manager
Interested in being a part of a movement to end traffic fatalities and severe injuries in the D.C. Metro Region? WABA is hiring a Vision Zero Campaign Manager to help organize the growing movement of advocates, families and coalition partners who are leading efforts to implement solutions to make streets safer for all road users.
Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden 2022 Hands On Plant Science (HOPS) Fellowship.
This 6-week summer fellowship is an environmental education position that collaborates with the U.S. Botanic Garden Education team to facilitate the HOPS program. This fellowship is a unique opportunity to work with one of our Nation’s longest operating Botanic Gardens - an urban oasis located right in the heart of Washington D.C. More information about this position and the application process can be found here: https://usbgfriends.org/opportunities.
Yankee Clippers' professional pruning team is hiring.
No prior experience is necessary, just the love of beautiful gardens and hearty outdoor experiences. In this flexible, part-time position, (we prune from 9-2) you'll learn our unique techniques while pruning alongside a host of fascinating people. We are former diplomats, lawyers, teachers, architects, at-home parent, engineers and more. We are current college students interested in the "green industry." Our gardens are located mostly in NW DC and the closest counties in MD and VA. You must have a car. Want to learn more?? Please go to our website www.yankeeclippers.com and fill out your contact information indicating you are interested in joining our team.
University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Coordinator for Howard Co.
This is a great opportunity for someone who likes working with people and plants and wants to have better stewardship of Mother Earth. For best consideration date for applications is March 13, 2022. Apply here: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/90944
University of Maryland Extension Horticulture Consultant (part-time)
Work for the UME Home & Garden Information Center, Ellicott City, MD. For more info or to submit a resume email Jon Traunfeld, Center Director; email@example.com.
FoodCorps DC Applications Open for Service Members
FoodCorps works to connect kids to healthy food in schools by providing hands-on food and garden lessons, influencing healthy school meals, and building school-wide cultures of health. Check out our website to learn more about our impact in schools. Benefits of service include a $26,000 annual living stipend, a $6,345 Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service, health, dental and vision insurance, as well as student loan forbearance. Applications opened January 10th, 2022 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of March 31st. To learn more about service, visit foodcorps.org/apply. Got questions? Contact Malaika Simmons, DC Metro Area Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love & Carrots Job Openings
- Landscape Designer
- Installation Crew
DOEE Job Openings
Crossroads Community Food Network Programs Assistant The Programs Assistant provides weekly support at the Wednesday farmers market as well as at nutrition and garden program activities and outreach events. This public-facing position will work with diverse members of the Takoma/Langley Crossroads community through a wide variety of activities.
- Program Analyst (job ID 15785)
- Energy Program Specialist (job ID 15779)
- Branch Chiefs (job ID 15917)
Three Part Harmony Farm Job Openings
The Accokeek Foundation is looking for three new full time hires:
- Heritage Breed Livestock Manager
- Heritage Livestock Farm Assistant
- Historic Garden Assistant
Visit https://www.accokeekfoundation.org/careers for more information.
For more food-related job opportunities, check out these links:
Grants and Funding
Philanthropy News Digest - Published RFPs
Rooted in Justice Grant Program
All applications are due on Friday April 8th.
The Cedar Tree Foundation is excited to announce a new round of funding in its Rooted in Justice grant program, which provides funding for youth led urban greening programs in the environmental and food justice movements. Please review the program guidelines on the Cedar Tree Foundation’s website here
and access the Request for Proposals here
. Eligible states: Alabama, DC, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia.
Project Green Schools
Application Deadline: 11:59pm EST Friday, April 8, 2022
Help you get more kids outside! All U.S. based schools Pre-K – 12 are eligible to apply. Schools will submit a formal write-up, proposed budget, and design of their outdoor learning classroom/space. Project Green Schools will invite the top five designs to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in Spring 2022 to determine the $10,000 winner.
Posner Foundation Funding for Preventing Food Waste
Deadline: April 28, 2022
The Posner Foundation announces an open RFP competition in its Environment program, specifically focused on preventing food waste.
DOEE Grants and Funding
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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