Notice of Funding Availability: Food Security Mini-Grants

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Food Security Mini-Grants
Notice of Funding Availability

The Arlington County Department of Human Services announces a grant funding opportunity to support the implementation of its Food Security Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan was published in October 2022 and identified 28 strategies in five categories that would support the improvement of food security in Arlington. Funding will be available to local organizations implementing selected aspects of the Strategic Plan. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) or faith-based organization.

View the full notice of funding availability(PDF, 143KB) for eligible activities, reporting requirements, and additional grant guidelines.

Grants can range from $2,500 to $25,000. Organizations may apply for up to three projects with a total grant request totaling no more than $60,000. A separate application must be submitted for each project proposal. A total of $150,000 in one-time funding is available.

Applications are now live and will be accepted until Monday, October 30 at 5 p.m. Funding awards will be announced in December 2023, and recipients will be required to sign the FY 2024 Food Security Mini-Grants Program Grant Agreement(PDF, 519KB)  with the County. Funds must be spent by organizations before June 30, 2024.

Application Documents
  • Monday, September 25, 2023 – Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) released
  • Monday, October 30, 2023, 5 p.m. – Applications Due
  • December 2023 – Grantees and awards announced; agreements executed
  • December 2023 through June 30, 2024 – Funds available to be spent by organizations


Are 501c4 organizations eligible for this funding opportunity?

No, only 501c3 and faith-based organizations are eligible.

Are schools or universities eligible to apply?

No, only 501c3 and faith-based organizations are eligible.

Are organizations that are based outside of Arlington eligible to apply?

Yes, as long as the project will serve Arlington residents, it is okay if the organization is based elsewhere.

What strategy would be selected if we want to enhance an existing food distribution in Arlington?

You would select strategy 2.2 – “Establish new charitable food distributions in neighborhoods with unmet need” because you would be establishing a new element that would better serve your population.

Is it okay for a project to serve a very specific population (ex: the residents in a certain building)?

Yes, it is okay for a project to serve a specific population and not the whole community.

Application Process

Your application materials must be uploaded on the form below by the deadline to be considered.

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