Request for Proposals

Cincy Save the Food Fund

Proposals Due: Friday, January 26, 2018

Download RFP and application here (Word).

Overview: Green Umbrella is pleased to announce this funding opportunity designed to incentivize local food organizations and businesses to develop innovative, scalable food recovery efforts. This funding is generously provided by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Green Umbrella seeks opportunities like this one to serve as a steward for environmental funding. The total amount of funding available is $50,000 and at least four (4) entities will be funded.

Background: The EPA and USDA have set joint national goals for 50% food waste reduction by 2030. According to the 2016 ReFED Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, 40% of all food is wasted, which translates to the U.S. spending “over $218 billion…growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten…totaling roughly 63 million tons of annual waste.” The EPA estimates that “more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash” where it produces methane gas, a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. An average family of four wastes $1,500 a year in food they do not eat. Amidst this waste, a quarter of local residents experienced food insecurity this past year, according to Interact for Health’s 2017 Community Health Status Survey. In 2017, the Greater Cincinnati Food Waste Action Plan was finalized and Green Umbrella’s Waste Reduction Action Team launched a campaign to reduce food waste.

Eligibility: Any Green Umbrella member* (non-profit, business, government entity, university or school) that:
    • Is part of the local food system (i.e. farmers, food artisans, food hubs, food banks, food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, food retailers including grocery coops or corner store initiatives, restaurants that source locally, institutional kitchens including school and university cafeterias, incubator or community kitchens, community supported agriculture organizations, farmers’ markets, etc.);
    • Has services that benefit Green Umbrella’s 10-county service area of Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren (in Ohio); Boone, Campbell, Grant, and Kenton (in Kentucky); and Dearborn and Franklin (in Indiana).
*To learn more about membership benefits or to become a Green Umbrella member, please visit To see if your organization is a current Green Umbrella member, please visit

To Apply: Email your completed application to by or on Friday, January 26, 2018. Notification and grant awards are expected to occur in February 2018. A brief final narrative report, describing outcomes and impacts, and financial report will be due by March 30, 2019.

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