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Chicago Region Food System Fund (CRFSF) Grant

Grants to Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan Nonprofits and Tribal
Nations in Eligible Locations to Address Food Security During COVID-19

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Chicago Region Food System Fund (CRFSF)

Conf. Date:

12/03/20

Deadline Date:

01/13/21 11:59 PM CT

Description:

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Grants to Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan nonprofit organizations and tribal nations in eligible locations for programs addressing food security during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to BIPOC-led organizations addressing food system resilience within their communities. There are loose geographic restrictions. The Chicago Region Food Fund focuses on an area roughly 200 miles from Chicago. Tribal nations located more than 200 miles from Chicago are eligible to apply if the Chicago region is part of their market.

The COVID-19 pandemic is still present—and the needs of the community and the food system are evolving. This round of funding centers on long-term food system resilience—without losing sight of the pandemic—and is rooted in racial and economic justice. Any definition of resilience requires diversity. The CRFSF team takes a broad view and encourages participation from diverse communities: urban neighborhoods and rural communities; tribal nations; LGBTQIA+ organizations; veterans; food chain workers; food system businesses; investors; and more. The Fund will prioritize BIPOC-led organizations promoting food system resilience in BIPOC communities.

Examples of the kinds of organizations the Fund could support include nonprofits:

  • Able to support community associations providing local food and food system support to neighbors, such as block clubs, cultural associations, and community gardens.
  • Developing new business models—alone or in partnership with businesses—to rapidly improve food distribution, consumer connection, and infrastructure while reducing wasted food.
  • Collaborating with farmers, urban and rural, who prioritize sales into local and regional markets, especially in communities of color.
  • Working with food chain workers at high risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • Focusing on innovation, investment, policy, or media narratives to reduce barriers and take advantage of market shifts.

In Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties, funding consideration includes nonprofits working with: urban and peri-urban farmers; food hubs/cooperatives; farmers markets; community organizations with close ties to informal community associations; food businesses (processors, distributors, slaughterhouses, retail, restaurants, institutional providers); food chain workers impacted by COVID or at a high-risk of contracting the virus; emergency food system organizations integrating local food; and wasted food projects.

Funding consideration in other regions of Illinois, southeast Wisconsin, northwest Indiana, and southwest Michigan is for nonprofits working with rural farmers, food aggregation hubs, and food processors that include the Chicago metropolitan area as part of their market. This includes nonprofits supporting food chain workers impacted by COVID-19 or at high risk of contracting the virus. Tribal nations and indigenous peoples’ organizations that prioritize the Chicago region as part of a food sovereignty strategy will also be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193446

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applications will be accepted for amounts up to $200,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period will be one-year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscal sponsors are eligible to apply, and there are loose geographic restrictions. The Chicago Region Food Fund focuses on an area roughly 200 miles from Chicago. Tribal nations located more than 200 miles from Chicago are eligible to apply if the Chicago region is part of their market. Previous CRFSF grantees are eligible to reapply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The CRFSF team will host a webinar on December 3, 9-10 a.m. CT to discuss the current round of funding. The CRFSF will provide background on funding priorities, walk through the online application system, and answer questions from webinar attendees.
Webinar Video: https://vimeo.com/488180889

CRFSF will offer a limited number of office hour sessions December 4-17. Office hours are offered to talk through ideas for your application and answer questions about the focus of this round of funding.
- Register at: https://doodle.com/poll/tv7mapkn9vw43nhi?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- The online application is available starting November 16 and must be submitted by January 13, 11:59 p.m. CT.
- Funding decisions will be made in mid-February.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://forefront.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new

For questions about the Chicago Region Food System Fund, including support for applications, email foodsystem@freshtaste.org, or call 773-944-5100.

Grant Coverage Areas:

There are loose geographic restrictions. The Chicago Region Food Fund focuses on an area roughly 200 miles from Chicago. Tribal nations located more than 200 miles from Chicago are eligible to apply if the Chicago region is part of their market

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