FY24 Food as Medicine Grant Program
The Office of Food Systems Resilience (OFSR), in partnership with the Office of Grants Management (OGM), is soliciting grant applications for the County’s FY 2024 Food as Medicine Program from qualified healthcare provider organizations that offer pediatric primary care services to underserved populations in Montgomery County.
$450,000 in total grant funding is available for innovative programs that increase access to culturally diverse, medically-relevant, nutritious, and locally produced food for Montgomery County children and households with children ages 0-18 that are currently experiencing or at risk of experiencing food insecurity. All awarded programs must:
- Screen children or households with children for food insecurity;
- Coordinate or refer the households, identified through screening, for the regular provision of nutritious food;
- Incorporate some component of nutrition education; and
- Collect and report data on population served and intervention impact on food security and health outcomes.
Healthcare providers are encouraged to partner with community-based organizations for program design and service delivery, particularly those with grassroots understanding of community health and food access needs as well as food assistance services operational expertise. However, the healthcare provider partner must serve as the lead applicant and may only submit one grant application, although multiple service sites managed by the same provider may be included in a single proposal.
Funding may be awarded to new initiatives or the enhancement of existing projects that address the priorities of this program. Applicants may request grant awards between $20,000 and $150,000. The performance period of these grant awards will be on/about March 1, 2024 to November 30, 2024.
Key Program Dates:
- Program Opens for Applications: Friday, January 19, 2024
- MS Teams Live Online Grant Program Information Session: Monday, January 22nd, 2024 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM
- Submission Deadline: EXTENDED to Monday, February 12, 2024 at 11:59 PM
Key Program Resources:
- To learn more about the program eligibility, application questions and scoring criteria: FY24 Food as Medicine Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Document
- Click to join the Information Session OR for an event recording
- Click to view the information session PowerPoint slides
Applications that are incomplete, do not meet legal requirements, or are submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
Applicants requiring an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation should contact the Office of Grants Management to discuss alternative submission options. For alternate ADA submission options please contact the Office of Grants Management using the contact information below:
Ali Hoy, OGM Program Manager II
For any technical questions related to the application, please contact the OFSR using the contact information below:
Catherine Nardi, OFSR Program Manager
In addition to submitting this application, organizations should also do the following:
- Register and create a profile on this platform for each team member who will be working on your application. Click on the green "Register" button in the top right corner to get started.
- Verify that your organization is registered with the Maryland State Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT). Click here to go to the SDAT Business Express site to confirm. Even if your organization is registered in another jurisdiction, you must be registered with SDAT for Montgomery County to finalize an award with your organization.
- If your organization is not in Good Standing with SDAT, take the necessary steps to get back into Good Standing. SDAT will advise what steps are required. Montgomery County cannot finalize an award with you or organization if you are not in Good Standing. Your application for a grant could be disqualified if you are not in Good Standing.
- Register with the Montgomery County Central Vendor Registration System (CVRS) by clicking here. If you or your organization receives an award from the County then you will need to be registered with CVRS to receive payments.
Questions about the application process can be directed to Ali Hoy, Outgoing Grants Program Manager of the Office of Grants Management, by calling 240-773-3384 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.