Community Redistribution Fund Application
Eligible organizations and projects must be based in Maine, and contribute to a more just and equitable food system. Grassroots, community-led organizations and coalitions, fiscally-sponsored, and collaborative projects are encouraged to apply. Please note that individuals are not eligible to receive grant funds.
To ensure that CRF grant funds are redistributed to organizations led by and primarily working with BIPOC, immigrant, and refugee communities, the following organizational criteria will also apply:
- 50% or more of the organization’s leadership staff or program directors are BIPOC
- 50% of board members or governing decision-making roles are BIPOC
- 50% of activists and on-the-ground community change-makers are BIPOC
- If an organization does not meet the organizational criteria of being BIPOC-led, a steering committee led by members of BIPOC communities may suffice.
The purpose of the Community Redistribution Fund is to support organizations’ efforts to address the disproportionate impact of food insecurity and increase access to culturally important foods to BIPOC (Black, Brown, Indigenous, and People of Color), immigrant, and refugee communities in Maine. This grant is intended for organizations led by and working primarily with BIPOC (Black and Indigenous people and People of Color), immigrant, and refugee communities.
Priority will be given to community-led organizations and efforts led by and primarily serving people of color. Previous grantees are encouraged to apply.
CRF FUNDING TIERS
To ensure equitable redistribution, the tiered approach provided below seeks to address varying levels of need across the entire state of Maine. Applicants can only apply for one (1) of the grants listed below and are encouraged to consider which grant fits their needs and project proposal.
Total Funding Available: $750,000
25 Community Impact Grants
- Award Amount: $20,000, one-time, Funding Available: $500,000
- Purpose: To provide funding for partnerships, programs, and projects that seek to break down barriers and increase access to culturally important foods in culturally responsive ways.
- Geographic Reach: Statewide, Regional, Metropolitan Statistical Areas, or Counties
3 Systemic Impact Grants
- Award Amount: $50,000, one-time, Funding Available: $150,000
- Purpose: To provide funding for partnerships, programs, and projects that seek to address systemic, food-related issues that have a disproportionate impact on communities of color.
- Geographic Reach: Statewide; and/or Systemic Impact (food-related).
10 Grassroots Impact Grants
- Award Amount: $10,000, one-time, Funding Available: $100,000
- Purpose: To provide funding for grassroots organizations, pilot and nontraditional programs that seek to address emergent needs of BIPOC communities.
- Geographic Reach: Local and/or County Impact
USE OF GRANT FUNDS
Use of grant funds can include but is not limited to: the purchase of food for direct distribution or meal preparation; gift cards/credits to culturally specific markets for community members; food sovereignty projects; farming/agriculture projects; transportation; storage; and distribution costs.
Up to 20% of grant funds may be used for general operating expenses. If you have questions about particular expenses, please contact us to discuss.