Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative opens 2021 funding round

The Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative (PFJI) has announced its 2021 funding opportunity. The project was first launched in 2020 by the Reinvestment Fund and the Health Department’s Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, also known as Get Healthy Philly.

Projects could include growing or making food (gardening, incubator or community kitchens, food manufacturing or production) moving/distributing food (group purchasing, new delivery systems or solutions), selling food (retail or prepared), food waste recovery or food marketing, providing free or emergency food or meals, or other ideas. The program will prioritize projects 1) led by Black, Indigenous and People of Color and/or people with lived experience with health injustice, including immigrants and people living with disabilities; and 2) have authentic community ownership.

Additionally, this year’s round takes into account the tremendous impact COVID-19 has had on communities, economies and livelihoods. Applicants with plans to re-open a business that has been closed due to COVID or start or expand an innovative approach to addressing the impacts of COVID on the food system, and meet all of PFJI’s goals and criteria, are also encouraged to apply.

PFJI is open to anyone in the city of Philadelphia. Nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, cooperatives or collectives working on food justice are eligible to apply and can seek up to $100,000 for their project. Applications are due September 20. Learn more about the initiative and how to apply here.