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Nutrition Access, Affordability, and Education Grant Program

Application Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2023

The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA) share a commitment to eliminating health disparities and empowering the mayors who lead their cities in that effort. Together, AAMA and ABFHA are dedicated to supporting innovative, inclusive programs and initiatives that focus on closing the gap in disparities in nutrition access, affordability and education. Working together, they have created a new multi-year community grant program focused on providing resources to help mayors and their teams address these disparities. Grant recipients will be recognized on the main stage at the 2024 AAMA Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Nutrition access, affordability, and education are at the root of health disparities. Improving access to affordable, nutritious foods and providing nutrition education so families can make informed choices that are right for them are critical to reducing health disparities and improving the overall health of communities. The ABFHA and AAMA hope this grant program will not only advance essential community programs that improve community health but also be a seed for attracting additional investment for these important programs.

AAMA and ABFHA will award five (5) grants to cities of the following size each year:

One (1) grant worth $200,000 (for a city >250k population)

Two (2) grants worth $125,000 each (for cities >100k, <250k population)

Two (2) grant worth $75,000 (for a city <100k population)

All member mayors of the African American Mayors Association are eligible to apply for these grant awards. Applications must be made through the mayor’s office but can be a program that is solely managed within a city or county agency or is a partnership between the city and a local non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

This award focuses on eliminating gaps in health disparities. Thus, each application’s program should focus on nutrition access, affordability, and education. The programs should seek to serve those at the root of health disparities. Each program should address at least one, but is not limited to the following:

  • Lack of access to affordable nutritional foods and food deserts;
  • Lack of access to quality nutrition education;
  • Lack of access to vital resources to help families make healthier decisions; or
  • Lack of access to affordable basic nutritional needs.

For additional information about our grant program, please watch our informational video

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for these awards?

Applying cities must be an AAMA member-mayor city (confirmation provided by AAMA financial records)

  • Cities with a population greater than 250,000 people are eligible for the grant at $200,000
  • Cities with a population between 100,000 and 250,000 people are eligible for the grants at $125,000 each
  • Cities with a population less than 100,000 people are eligible for the grant at $75,000

Applications must be made through the mayor’s office but can be a program that is solely managed within a city or county agency or is a partnership between the city and a local non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

How many awards will be given and what are the award amounts?

Awards will be given in three population categories: Small City (less than 100,000), Medium City (100,000 – 250,000) and Large City (greater than 250,000).There are a total of four grants that will be awarded. One(1) for Small City, two(2) for Medium City and one(1) for Large City.

Small City Grant (2 Award)Medium City Grant (2 Awards)Large City Grant (1 Award)
$75,000$125,000$200,000
What types of programs are eligible for funding?

Programs must demonstrate measurable progress in increasing access to affordable basic nutritional needs (for example, community gardens, mobile veggie and fruit stands, food security programs, etc.).

Overall, the grant program focuses on eliminating gaps in health disparities. Thus, each application’s program should focus on nutrition access, affordability, and education. The programs should seek to serve those at the root of health disparities. Each program should address at least one, but not limited to the following:

  • Lack of access to affordable nutritional foods and food deserts;
  • Lack of access to quality nutrition education;
  • Lack of access to vital resources to help families make healthier decisions; or
  • Lack of access to affordable basic nutritional needs.

Finally, this list is meant to be suggestive, rather than exhaustive. If you would like to propose a program that you do not see specifically mentioned here, and you are wondering whether it might be eligible for funding, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How many applications may be submitted by a single city?

There is no limit to how many applications may be submitted by a city.

If the Mayor believes that there are two or more programs that are worthy of support, then the Mayor may submit (or allow to be submitted on the member Mayor’s behalf) an application for each of those programs. Again, as long as each application is submitted on behalf of a member Mayor, it is eligible for consideration. Each application will be judged on its individual merits.

What are the criteria by which our application(s) will be judged?

The criteria by which your application will be evaluated are broad and may include:

  • The extent to which the applicant makes a compelling case for the need for the proposed program.
  • The extent to which the proposed strategies/interventions have the potential to effectively address the need(s) outlined by the applicant.
  • The extent to which the proposed strategies/interventions approach the need(s) outlined by the applicant in a novel, creative or compelling way.
  • The organizational capacity of the applicant to successfully implement the proposed program.
  • The methods by which the applicant proposes to measure/evaluate program outcomes.
  • As previously stated, the role and level of involvement of the Mayor in the proposed program.
  • The extent to which the proposed budget expenditures are consistent with the interventions/activities proposed as part of the program.
  • The potential for the proposed program to sustain itself beyond the support provided by this award.
  • The potential for the proposed program to be replicated and be successful in other communities.
Who are the judges?

A selected panel of judges will review applications

What is the deadline to submit the application?

The application deadline is Friday, November 17, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST

Where do I submit my application?

Only applications submitted through the online application will be accepted. We will not accept mailed hard copies of applications, or applications submitted via email, fax, or any other method.

How can I confirm that our application was received? Can I print a copy of my application?

Once you submit your application, a confirmation email will automatically be generated and sent to the contact(s) listed on your application. We suggest you save a final version of your application for your records.

When will we know whether our application has been selected to receive an award?

The winners of the grant awards will be announced during the AAMA Conference from April 24-27, 2024. The winners will have been contacted in advance by AAMA staff by January 5, 2024. We will make every effort to notify all applicants of their status by then; however, if you have not received a notice by January 9th, 2024, you may take that as confirmation that your application has not been selected for a grant, unless we directly communicate otherwise.

Our application was not selected for an award. Can you provide any feedback on how we could have strengthened our application?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide feedback on individual applications. However, AAMA will periodically host a webinar on the grant program that may provide information that may be useful to all applicants. Notice for these webinars will be provided to all AAMA Member Mayors and past applicant contacts.

When will the city receive the funding from the grant?

All funds will be sent in the month of February 2024 after confirmation of acceptance of the award is received.

Informational Webinar

This webinar will provide an overview as well as technical assistance for the Nutrition Access, Affordability, and Education Grant Program grant application. This session will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from judges and AAMA and ABA leadership on what will make your application stand out. As well as provide an opportunity to ask questions about the grant.