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PHF Releases Emergency Food Assistance and Food Pantries Focused RFP

October 6, 2022 | By Michael H. Babcock

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) has released a request for proposals (RFP) focused on food pantries and emergency food assistance small grants. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 24. 

2022-10-06---Food-Pantry-RFP-Advertsing--OL-InstagramPHF recognizes that many of our community pantries and emergency food assistance programs have been challenged by increased utilization. Food pantries serve as an important access point for people experiencing food insecurity. The intention of these grants is to support the immediate funding needs of area food pantries or emergency food assistance programs that have seen an increased surge in demand for food and other resources.

This call for proposal is designed to offer smaller levels of funding support to meet the needs of our community that focus on health-related events, activities, or needs. There is no minimum grant amount and the maximum amount awarded per grant under this RFP will be $2,500. 

All food pantry / emergency food assistance grant requests must align with the Portage Health Foundation’s mission.

To be eligible to apply for a grant under this program, the applicant must:

  • Be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; or a local unit of government or a public institution of education; (note: Applicants must be current with their IRS tax exempt organization determination and have a current License to Solicit Charitable Contributions as required, unless exempt under MCL 400.283.)
  • Be domiciled in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and/or Ontonagon counties of Michigan, and serve the citizens of the same;
  • Have filed their most recent 990, 990-EX or 990-N filing and;  
  • Have adequate and demonstrated organizational capacity to successfully execute the proposed grant, including all reporting requirements.

To be considered for this grant, a proposal must 

  • Identify why the request for funding is needed and how it will enhance access to services, programs, or activities that otherwise would not be possible.
  • Must be an active food pantry or existing emergency food assistance program that serves all members of the community.

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Michael H. Babcock

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