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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Funding Opportunity through Newman's Own Foundation


This may be of use to you or to those in your network, please spread the word! We would like to let you know about an exciting grant opportunity being offered by the Newman's Own Foundation that will support organizations working on behalf of their communities and states toward systemic solutions in schools in the areas of food education, local procurement, school nutrition leadership development, educator engagement, ensuring adequate time to eat, supporting school kitchen infrastructure and scratch cooking, and increasing access to school meals. 

Grants will support 501(c)(3) organizations (or those with fiscal sponsors) in various stages of their systems change work.  Grant review criteria will prioritize projects and organizations that are BIMPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, Multiracial, and People of Color) and honor the grassroots wisdom and expertise of local communities. 

The grant will focus on work based in the following 13 states and the District of Columbia: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Oregon.   

Examples of projects to be funded may include:

  • Coalition building and goal-setting: capacity to effectively build and facilitate a network of organizations working toward a common set of goals

  • Case studies and research: gathering examples of successful programs, policies, and factors that should be elevated as proof points to scale and replicate

  • Raising awareness through communications campaigns: all aspects of communications campaigns to raise awareness and engage key target audiences in pursuit of systems change will be considered including message testing, material development, and PR

  • State policy and advocacy work: educating and building relationships with legislators to ultimately pass policies that support and resource this work (note: direct lobbying is ineligible for funding)

  • Annual convening and/or training: resources to cover in-person convenings with the goal of strategic planning, goal setting, and training will be considered as a key foundational activity of this work

The timeline, funding details, and application information can all be found on the Newman's Own Foundation website at this link.  

As a partner and grantee of Newman's Own Foundation, FoodCorps has been supporting the development of this grant opportunity by offering the Newman's team equity and strategic support.  One of our staff will participate in the review of applications alongside folx from Newman's Own Foundation and two independent reviewers. 

If you would like to speak with someone at FoodCorps about project or initiative eligibility, please reach out to Impact Partnerships Director, Beth Zschau at  If you have questions about how to apply or need technical assistance, please contact the Newman's team at

If this doesn't feel like a fit for your work but you know another organization that might be a fit, please feel free to share with your networks and partners. 

Thank you,


Seema Jolly 
| FoodCorps
Michigan Program Manager | she/her
Cell: 269.352.6224
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