Giving Tree – Food Security Grants

In addition to our signature Giving Tree grants focused on nonprofit capacity building or program/project support, the Community Foundation uses Aspire data to address specific areas of need for Arkansas communities. Two current initiatives are food security and early childhood literacy

Giving Tree grant opportunities focused specifically on food security may be available in your area, but it is important for potential grantees to contact their local affiliate office to learn more about their local grant process and if food security grants will be available during their grant cycle.

How to Apply for This Grant

This grant is managed locally by participating affiliate offices. 

Contact the executive director in your area to learn more about their grantmaking priorities, application timelines, and if they are offering Food Security specific grants.

*Where offered, this grant will be available for application through that affiliate’s Giving Tree grant application.

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Who’s Eligible

501c3 nonprofit organizations, schools and government entities are eligible to apply. Other community organizations may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicant organizations must be based in, or provide direct services in, one of the counties served by our 29 affiliate offices

Who’s NOT Eligible

Each request is considered on its own merit. However, the following types of requests generally are not considered:

  • Projects that address sectarian religious purposes
  • Projects that are political in nature or have a political bias
  • Scholarships or fellowships for formal education at any level
  • General operating support outside the specific project or proposal
  • Support for organizations that do not qualify for tax-exempt status

What We’re Looking For

Grant proposals should support access to food for Arkansans by addressing one or more focus areas below:
1.Food is easy to get to –When driving long distances or going to multiple locations to get a sufficient amount of food to meet a family or individual’s needs, there is additional financial burden and stress. Programs that support innovative ways to get food to people or build food distributors’ capacity to permanently serve more individuals help build access to food. 

2.Food is nutritious – Those accessing emergency food are Arkansans’ most vulnerable.  Providing well-balanced food options, educational programs, and improving the quality, quantity, and appearance of healthier food options that helps better support those in crisis.

3.Food is affordable – Healthier foods can be expensive presenting a real challenge for those facing food insecurity.  Building local foods, safety-net programs that help make food affordable for those in need, and food budgeting/education programs that help make food budgets last longer are ways to help make food budgets better fit families’ needs.

4.Food is safe –Spoiled or unsafe foods are a real danger for a household struggling to provide sufficient food.  Missed work or medical bills can contribute to a worsening financial situation for the household.  When food recipients AND food distributors have the knowledge, skills, and equipment to keep food safe, food budgets and healthier food options last longer. 

5.Food is client centered – Food security is one piece of a puzzle that includes interrelated challenges around poverty as well as culture, tradition and special medical needs.  Providing food and services in a way that makes sense to those in need helps build strong, resilient food systems that meet the needs of every Arkansan.