Food Security & Nutrition Fund Eligibility Criteria

Organizations must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for funding.

  • Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, as determined by the IRS. (May be waived. Contact staff to discuss.)
  • Applicant must have been in existence for at least 5 years. (May be waived. Contact staff to discuss.)
  • Grant applicant must have a physical service location in Montgomery County.
  • Services provided by applicant must address the food security needs of community residents.
  • The majority of grant-supported services must benefit vulnerable populations (as defined by applicant).
  • Applicant must demonstrate an understanding of the food security needs and the existing services in Montgomery County and how systems work to address those needs.

For the pantry capacity grants, a food pantry must have a computer and use it to support the management of the pantry. If it does not have a computer, the pantry can apply for a grant to purchase such equipment. The pantry must also have a plan for how the equipment will be used to manage the pantry. A computer system must be in place before applying for other projects through this grant program.

Applicant’s board must support engaging in system change work OR be able to develop a plan that positions the organization to engage in systems change work.

Organizations may submit only one grant request at a time. Grantees, upon completion of the current project and submission of a final report, may apply for additional funding. Organizations may only apply for one of the six activities, as outlined on the Food Security & Nutrition Fund page.


  • Individuals or for-profit organizations, firms or companies
  • Disease-specific charities
  • Endowments
  • Debt reduction
  • Clinical or academic research
  • Publications unless such publications are relevant to at least one of the foundation’s four targeted funds
  • Student projects
  • Athletic recreational clubs or alumni activities
  • Replacement of lost government-funds or supplementation of private/public insurance
  • Religious congregations (May be waived. Contact staff to discuss.)
  • Fraternal, political or civic groups

The foundation also does not accept requests for annual support, events or other general solicitation.


Montgomery County is a suburban county of the Philadelphia metropolitan region, in the southeastern portion of Pennsylvania.