Summer Hunger Relief Grants

Request for Proposals
In Mercer County more than 20,000 students receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch every day in school and nearly 10,000 in the City of Trenton alone. On an average day in July only 1,800 students receive free summer meals. The costs to feed a person each day is $9.54, which many cannot afford.  
Last summer we applied a multi-prong approach to impact summer hunger: awarding $75,000 to 10 charities to expand their focus on summer hunger; packaging 178,000 helpings of oatmeal; serving as liaison to the Emergency Food and Shelter Board, partnering with local and statewide government, schools, and nonprofit agencies to promote awareness of free summer meals for children; and working with corporate partners to host food drives. 
This year, United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC) will award approximately 10 grants ranging from $5,000 - $15,000 to nonprofit agencies with an established program focused on food insecurity. The goal of these awards is to help fill the gap on summer food insecurity.  
RFP Timeline: 
* March 8, 2018 - RFP Announcement
* April 15, 2018 - Proposal due
* May 1, 2018 - Grantees announced
* October 1, 2018 - Final Report due to UWGMC  
* Applicant must be a public charity with tax-exempt status under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service
* Applicant must have an established Board of Directors
* Program must be rooted in best practices and evidence-based programming
* Funded request must be part of the nonprofit's mission
* Must be an established program focused on food insecurity (no new initiatives)
* Must demonstrate sustainability
* Nonprofit must serve under-represented or vulnerable population in Mercer County
* Must be willing to host site visits
* Must submit a final report
* Must be willing to partner to promote awareness around food insecurity in Mercer County
* Grant must not supplement other funding streams to meet current organizational goals, but must be additional funding allowing your organization to reach more people
* Must be willing to provide a photo and story to demonstrate use of funds
* Must be able to promote and/or have staff representation at Strike Out Hunger on June 5, 2018 
Selection Process:
* Approximately 10 groups will be awarded
* The Strike Out Hunger Planning Committee will serve as the selection committee 
* Grant sizes will be $5,000-$15,000
* UWGMC will dictate the timeline for RFP announcement, grant distribution, public relations, and reporting requirements 
The proposal should be 1-3 pages and include the following information:
* Organization name/address
* Project Name
* Project Manager and contact information
* Statement of need, including information about the population to be served
* Statement of any special dietary needs of your target population
* Statement of how you will use these additional funds to reach new people or provide more diverse foods (ie. fresh produce and/or culturally appropriate food)
* Project overview including history of the program, program goals, and metrics for the last 3 years
* Demonstrate how you will measure program outcomes
* Note if any additional funding is being received for the project
* Organizational budget
* Program budget
* Board list
* Most recent audited financial statement
* 501 (c)(3) determination letter 
How to Apply 
Submit a proposal via email by 12:00 pm on April 15, 2018 to, or via hard copy to the address listed below ATTN: SOH Initiative.  If mailing hard copies, the proposal must be postmarked by April 15, 2018. 
Please direct questions to:
Megan Kirschner Allain, MPH, CHES 
Vice President of Community Impact  
Phone: 609-637-4914 Email:  
United Way of Greater Mercer County
Crossroads Corporate Center
3150 Brunswick Pike, STE 230
Lawrenceville NJ 08648-2420

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