New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
02/01/19 3:00 PM EST
Grants ranging from $100 to $15,000 to New York nonprofit organizations to enable emergency food assistance organizations to increase access to wholesome food. Funding may be used for equipment, supplies, transportation, contractual services, and personal services.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is pleased to announce funding for food pantries and other local emergency food assistance providers to increase the amount of wholesome food available to those in need.
Food pantries and other local emergency food assistance providers are on the front line when it comes to helping those in need. The Department is interested in increasing the donated food that food pantries have available (especially fresh fruits and vegetables) because it would help those who do not have access to enough food and it has an environmental benefit. If more wholesome food is brought to food pantries, less ends up in the waste stream and ultimately in landfills, where it generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Eligible Project Expenditures:
- Personal Services: Staff salaries including fringe benefits, directly devoted to the project. Itemize salaries according to job title and roles/responsibilities on the project. Grantees will be required to document time worked, tasks, pay ratio, and payment.
- Contractual Services: The value of services provided by responsible professional and technical personnel and consultants.
- Supplies and Materials: Directly needed to implement the project.
- Equipment: Equipment that is directly necessary to implement the project.
- Travel: Travel costs directly required to implement the project (within New York State only).
Examples of Eligible Project Items (other items may be eligible as well):
- Refrigerator, freezer space, walk-in cold room/cooler
- Kitchen equipment to prepare and cook food
- Refrigerated vehicle
- Vehicle to either transport people to food OR to transport food to sites
- Expansion of physical space
- Cambro or other similar insulated food transporters
- Funding to support the set-up of a donation program with local farms, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.; Funding to support nutritional education programs and/or publicity about the sites’ services
- Money to pay staff to:
- Introduce and manage new donation programs
- Conduct outreach and education programs to pantry clients on how to use the donated food efficiently and reduce their residential food waste, hold cooking classes on how to cook fresh produce or expand on basic ingredients, etc.
- Funding for transportation or a delivery service from food sources to pantries/meal sites
GrantWatch ID#: 184344
The minimum award amount is $100. The maximum award amount is $15,000.
All projects must be completed and invoiced within a two-year contract period/term. Applicants should not begin their projects or incur costs until a Master Contract for Grants (MCG) has been fully approved by DEC, and if applicable, approved by the Attorney General and the State Comptroller. Time extensions beyond the contract term end date will be determined by the DEC based upon written justification from the Grantee.
The Contract Start Date is 5/1/2019 and the Contract End Date is 4/30/2021.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications must be submitted through the NYS Grants Gateway https://grantsgateway.ny.gov
For general information on completing this application and for clarification of application requirements, contractual terms and procedures, contact DEC’s Organics Reduction and Recycling Program Staff at: OrganicsGrants@dec.ny.gov.
Please type “Food Assistance RFA” in the subject line of the email.
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