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Grants to Maryland Healthcare Providers to Improve Health Outcomes and Address Food Insecurity in Eligible Locations

Food as Medicine Grant Program


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Funding Source
Montgomery County
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland: Montgomery County

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/12/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland healthcare institutions to improve pediatric health outcomes and address food insecurity among underserved populations in eligible locations. Funding is intended for projects and programs that increase access to nutritious, culturally diverse, medically relevant, and locally produced food for children and households with children ages 0-18 who are currently experiencing or at risk of experiencing food insecurity. Grants are available for new initiatives or the enhancement of existing projects that benefit the residents of Montgomery County.

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 components of nutrition education; and 
  • Collect and report data on population served and intervention impact on food security and health outcomes.

The goal of this program is to support projects that address critical gaps in nutrition security and diet-related health challenges for children and families in underserved communities by offering nutritious food and education access services through pediatric healthcare providers. Health challenges often have complex, multifaceted root causes and are impacted by various social determinants, and therefore require innovative and flexible solutions.

The FY24 Food as Medicine Program is intended to encourage healthcare provider partnerships with community-based organizations for program design and service delivery, particularly those with a grassroots understanding of community health and food access needs as well as food assistance services operational expertise. The healthcare provider partner must serve as the lead applicant and may only submit one grant application; however, community-based organizations can be named as co-applicants on multiple applications, with the assumption that they will maintain a commitment to all projects selected for funding. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Qualified healthcare provider organizations that offer pediatric primary care services to underserved populations in Montgomery County may apply.

Lead applicants must meet all of the following conditions:
• The organization must be a U.S.-based healthcare institution, including public and voluntary hospitals, healthcare clinics, or other pediatric healthcare providers that demonstrate the ability to conduct the proposed project;
• The organization must be currently registered and in Good Standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT);
• The organization’s principal place of business must be located in Montgomery County; if a national or regional organization, it must have a location in Montgomery County through which it provides related services;
• All activities and expenditures under this grant program must be provided in Montgomery County, and be exclusively for Montgomery County residents;
• Current Montgomery County contract or grant award winners must be current on all reporting obligations for other awards and those reports must reflect substantial progress toward the goals of their awards; and
• Proposed expenses must be for a new activity, expansion of existing activities, or a combination of both.

Co-applicants or named partners in the proposal, such as community-based organizations providing food assistance services or Montgomery County-based food producers or retailers should also be in Good Standing with SDAT and current on any reporting obligations to Montgomery County.

County funding cannot be used to supplant other funding for already planned activities.

Pre-Application Information
Key Program Dates:
- Program Opens for Applications: Friday, January 19, 2024
- MS Teams Live Online Grant Program Information Session: Monday, January 22, 2024
- Submission Deadline Extended to: Monday, February 12, 2024 at 11:59 PM

Award notification letters are expected to be released roughly three weeks after the application deadline via email.

Verify that your organization is registered with the Maryland State Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT):

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request grant awards between $20,000 and $150,000.

Term of Contract
The performance period of these grant awards will be from March 1, 2024, to November 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Register and apply online:

For alternate ADA submission options and additional questions contact:
Ali Hoy, OGM Program Manager
(240) 773-3384

For technical questions related to the application, please contact:
Catherine Nardi, OFSR Program Manager
(202) 816-9083

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