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Funding Guidelines & Calendar

The UNFI Foundation accepts applications from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in our communities that have a clear and substantive fit with one or more of our focus areas.

Projects that have an impact in one of the communities where UNFI operates are given priority.

We do not fund:

  • Conferences
  • Direct grants to individuals
  • “Pass-through” organizations
  • International organizations or projects
  • Political campaigns and legislative lobbying efforts
  • Endowments
  • Building or capital campaigns
  • Private foundations
  • Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes
  • Governmental agencies
  • Sponsorships, advertising, or fundraising

2020 Funding Calendar:

Round 1:

Application Period Open 3/16/2020
Completed Applications Due 4/2/2020
Funding Announced 5/31/2020

Round 2:

Application Period Open 5/15/2020
Completed Applications Due 6/5/2020
Funding Announced 8/1/2020
*These dates are subject to change

Click here to contact us with any questions about your application. Regretfully, due to the volume of requests, we are unable to respond to exploratory inquiries and hard-copy applications.