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Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative

Apply now. The PFJI application window is now open and will remain open until October 13, 2020.

A partnership with The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative supports community-led projects that grow food justice.   

About the Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative

Philadelphia has tremendous food assets and opportunities for individual and collective action. We know that food justice is health justice.   

Historically the food system has displaced, enslaved, and undervalued the labor, land rights, and self-determination of Black and Brown individuals, women, immigrants, and indigenous people (as framed by the Castanea Fellowship). In Philadelphia today, neighborhoods with higher concentrations of lower-income households and/or Black and Latinx/Hispanic Philadelphians still have fewer fresh food choices.

For the 2020 funding round, the Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative (PFJI) welcomes ideas and projects from any applicant that wants to build food justice in Philadelphia and embodies a health justice vision. This program can support many different types of community-driven solutions to create a more just food system that empowers communities to grow, sell, and eat healthy food.   

Funding:  At least $240,000 is available for grants.  The maximum award for any project is $100,000. 

Key Dates: 

  • October 13 – Applications due by end of day (11:59 pm Eastern Time) 
  • Early to mid November – Grantees selected and all applicants notified 
  • After mid November – Agreements finalized with selected grantees and disbursements begin
  • June 30, 2021 – Grantee projects completed

More Information: 2020 Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative RFP Information Sheet 




The application 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. 

Preference will be given to proposals: 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) with authentic community ownership. Fair compensation of staff and partners is also key. 


How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through Reinvestment Fund’s online grants management platform, SmartSimple.  To begin you application, register for an account with SmartSimple. Detailed instructions on registering and using SmartSimple are available in the resources section below.   

We encourage you to submit your application early in advance of the application deadline to avoid technical issues. Applications are due October 13, 2020 by 11:59 pm Eastern Time. 

For questions, please email 


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