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Community Food Systems Grants

These grants fund community-rooted and driven projects that address gaps and shortfalls of the current industrial food system. The goal is to support the implementation of place-based circular food economy practices providing longer-term strategies that improve food access, address equity, economic opportunities, and community health.

In addition to addressing the issues listed above, grant-funded projects conserve natural resources and prevent greenhouse gas emissions by supporting one or more of the following activities: local food production, local sourcing/procurement of food, food recovery, upcycling of food byproducts, and community education to help residents reduce wasted food at home.

The Community Food Systems grant focus area provides funding for innovative projects that improve food access and education for communities that are historically underserved and experience food insecurity.

Project goals

  • Encourage circular food economy practices and long-term strategies to address food insecurity.
  • Improve access to nutritious, culturally appropriate, and locally grown food, whenever possible.
  • Support efforts that prevent the wasting of nutritious, culturally appropriate, and/or locally grown food and ensure equitable distribution to communities in need.
  • Engage individuals and communities in developing skills that help make the most of food and food budgets.

Who can apply

This grant is available to nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Businesses that can be identified as small, local, and/or BIPOC led will be prioritized.

Eligible projects must

  • Be located in Alameda County.
  • Be rooted in the communities they aim to serve.
  • Be focused on circular food economy practices and long-term strategies to address food insecurity.
  • Projects that solely compost or recycle food are not eligible for funding.

Contact Cassie Bartholomew at for more information regarding eligibility.


Funded grant projects are expected to run for one year from the start of the agreement.

Funding amounts

Up to $10,000 per grant request.