The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is pleased to offer this grant opportunity for agencies who wish to enhance their service. We encourage agencies to think creatively and incorporate client feedback to come up with ways they can provide better service to their communities.
Allowable usage of funds may include but is not limited to:
- Equipment costs
- Food costs
- Marketing materials
- Training expenses
- Transportation costs
Please note: funds are not meant to simply sustain what your agency is already doing. These funds are meant to facilitate an expansion or improvement in service that is measurable.
Eligible Applicants: Member must be an Pantry or Soup Kitchen in good standing with the Food Bank, regularly reporting statistics and paying bills.
Grant Period: The grant period runs from May 1 – September 30, 2016. Grant funds must be spent by the end of the grant period. Any funds that cannot be spent will be re-granted to another organization.
- January 15 – Request for Letters of Intent announced
- January 29 – Conference Call – Letters of Intent Q&A
- February 15 – Letters of Intent due
- February 29 – Invitations to apply will be sent
- March 15 – Conference Call – Applications Q&A
- March 31 – Applications due
- April 1-30 – Review Committee reads/recommends
- May 1 – Grants funded
Please note: Funds should not be viewed as sole means of support. Grant funds are meant to be supplemental. Applications that do not meet the grant requirements will be disqualified.
Review Process: A committee of board members, Food Bank staff and Agency Relations staff will review all proposals and make all determinations.
Reporting requirements: A final report due at the end of the grant period. The agency will need to report on steps taken to achieve goals, progress towards reaching goals and lessons learned. You may also be asked to shadow another agency with expertise in the area you hope to improve.