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Nourishing Resilient Community Food Systems 2020 Grant Program Request for Proposals


Crises – whether natural or human-made – can cause considerable damage to food systems and widen existing inequities, and in turn, the ability of people to access healthy, affordable food. Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW) Full Lives initiative is committed to strengthening resilient local food systems to ensure a continual supply of healthy, accessible food for all members of a community.  

The COVID-19 crisis and the community unrest following the murder of George Floyd are affecting the North Minneapolis food system in ways that are evolving and becoming more dramatic every day. Food systems experts have documented at unprecedented levels deep concerns about how the pandemic is affecting how we grow, produce, distribute and access food. Food apartheid and economic inequality are among many factors leading to high rates of infections and deaths in BIPOC communities.  

Affordable, healthy food access to buffer and mitigate health and economic risks is critical, alongside strategies to support a resilient food system able to withstand and recover from crisis to ensure a sufficient supply of acceptable and accessible food for all. 

Through this funding opportunity, Greater Twin Cities United Way seeks to support the North Minneapolis food system as it innovates and pushes forward to address long-term, sustainable community food solutions. 

We believe that a food secure community is a community in which residents have access to healthy, affordable food through a more resilient and equitable food system that strengthens community self-reliance and food justice. 

Funding Opportunity Details 

In alignment with previous North Minneapolis food systems investment this funding seeks to build on the work of the GTCUW Full Lives initiative. For that reason, this funding opportunity is by invitation only at this time.  

GTCUW will award up to $180,000 in grants to support the community food system of North Minneapolis. We anticipate grant sizes will range between $10,000-$20,000.  

Please contact Alyssa Banks at to express interest in this funding opportunity. We will follow-up to schedule a conversation with GTCUW Program Officer to discuss your organization’s current & proposed future work and determine alignment with this RFP goals 

Applications will be open between August 10-September 18Decisions will be communicated by October 2nd. We will work to make payment as quickly as possible following decisions. 

Eligibility Criteria 

To be eligible for this funding opportunity your organization must meet the following criteria: 

  • 501(c)3 status or apply under a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)3 status. 
  • Received an unqualified opinion on the organization or fiscal sponsor’s most recent audit report. 
  • Proposed work primarily serves populations at 200% or below of the Federal Poverty Guideline AND minority, immigrant and/or refugee populations in North Minneapolis. 
  • Proposed activities must be focused on and occur within geographic boundaries of North Minneapolis.1 2 
  • Proposed work must focus on long-term and sustainable approaches to addressing food systems including those that increase the self-reliance of communities to meet their own food needs.  

Organizations Not Currently Funded by GTCUW 

If awarded funding, organizations not currently funded by GTCUW will be required to provide the following information: 

  • 501c3 Determination Letter 
  • Most recent audited financials or most recent Board approved financials if you’re not subject to audit requirements 
  • Most recent 990 
  • IRS W-9 
  • Current year budget 
  • Direct deposit information (we will reach out for this using encrypted email)