2024 Zero Hunger Grants: Creating Stronger Hunger Free Communities

The Alliance to End Hunger is proud to announce a new grant opportunity for Hunger Free Communities Network™ partners—the 2024 Zero Hunger Grants: Creating Stronger Hunger Free Communities.


2024 Zero Hunger Grants: Creating Stronger Hunger Free Communities summary:

⇨ Grant requests up to $10,000 from Hunger Free Communities Network™ partners will be accepted.

⇨ Grants will be awarded for the purposes of building capacity related to the goals of the Hunger Free Communities Initiative.

⇨ The grant application review process will include a peer-review. Each applicant will be asked to review and score another application.

⇨ Alliance to End Hunger staff members will be available throughout the application period (1/3-2/15) to answer questions about the grant.


This new grant opportunity was created as a result of a strategic planning process in Spring 2023.  Interviews with partners in the HFC Network revealed that organizations face significant financial challenges, especially with the decline in funding post-COVID.  A key strategy identified in the plan was to provide financial support to the network partners where possible, providing the impetus for this grant project.

The Alliance to End Hunger has secured $50,000 in grant funds for use in 2024.  Grant requests up to $10,000 will be considered, with an expectation of 5-10 grantees funded in 2024.

The purpose of the grant is to advance a goal or goals related to the Alliance to End Hunger’s Hunger Free Communities Initiative.  The HFC Initiative promotes multisector, collective impact approaches to ending hunger at the local or state level.  Requested funds should be used for building organizational or network capacities to engage in systemic change work rooted in equity and community engagement.  Ideally, grant funds would be used to support advancement along the Hunger Free Communities Impact Framework or to create/promote a collective impact plan to address hunger in your community.  Funds may also be used towards the establishment of new Hunger Free Community coalitions.  Conversely, grant funds are not to be used for the provision of direct services.  For example, grant funds should not be used for the purchase of food for distribution.


Examples of Proposals

Below are examples of acceptable uses funds for the 2024 Zero Hunger Grants.  (Please note, this is not a comprehensive list.)

  • Underwriting a convening for the purposes of creating a communitywide plan to end hunger, coordinating the provision of food distribution services, creating a community engagement plan, or advancing another HFC goal.
  • Providing training to advance equity goals such as conducting an organizational racial equity assessment.
  • Creating a survey instrument for a communitywide needs assessment or creating a communitywide asset map.
  • Purchasing software or other technological solutions to assist in developing shared measurement systems or mapping network progress.



The applying organization should be a current partner, in good standing, in the Hunger Free Communities Network™. Furthermore, the organization should be a 501(C)3 nonprofit or capable of partnering with a 501(C)3 nonprofit to act as a fiscal agent for the purposes of receiving the grant.

Selection Process

Each grant application will be reviewed by committee and include a peer-review component.  The grant review committee will be comprised of grant applicants, Alliance to End Hunger staff members, partners in the Hunger Free Communities Network, members of the Hunger Free Communities Advisory Council and member organizations of the Alliance to End Hunger.  Each grant applicant will be asked to review and score one other application.

Once selections are made, applicants will be notified by March 15.  Thereafter, funds will be disbursed no more than three weeks after the grantee submits supporting documents, such as a W-9 and electronic payment information.  All grant funds should be spent by the end of the calendar year.

Additional Information

In order to understand the impact of the awarded grants, recipients are asked to submit a post-grant report that includes a narrative description of project outcomes and an accounting of spent funds.  A report form will be provided.  Reports may be submitted up until January 31, 2025.

To help organizations understand the purposes of the grant, eligibility requirements and selection processes, Alliance to End Hunger hosted a webinar on January 11th at 3pm to provide an overview of the grant project.  Use the passcode *Zu8u*uX to view the webinar HERE. Additionally, Alliance to End Hunger staff members will be available to address questions about the grant application by appointment in early February. You can sign-up for an appointment HERE.

Please address questions to Aliyah Fard at afard@alliancetoendhunger.org. For a deeper dive into the Hunger Free Communities Impact Framework and collective impact, please see this video.

Important dates::

  • January 3, 2024—Grant application period opens.
  • January 11 at 3pm ET—Introductory webinar held. See recording here (Passcode: *Zu8u*uX)
  • February 1-15—Office hours held. Sign-up here.
  • February 16—Application deadline.
  • February 19-March 8—Grant review period.
  • March 15—Notification made.
  • By December 31—Grant funds spent.
  • January 31, 2025—Grant report due.