Find Grant Opportunities for Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens & More

If you work for a nonprofit organization that fights food insecurity, or provides meals to those in need, you know it can be challenging to find enough funders to support your vital work.

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With the recent changes in the economy, food banks are stretched to their limits, and the need is greater than ever. But with limited resources and more competition for funds, how can your food pantry fulfill your mission and continue to help people in need? The Catholic Funding Guide is here to help.

“The Catholic Funding Guide is a timely and insightful source of the country’s foundations and funders that support organizations that foster Catholic Social Teaching and programs that advance the mission. We at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa find this a ‘go to’ resource and appreciate the efforts the developer stake to include timely updates and solid contact and funding opportunity logistics.”

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Whether you’re seeking funding for your next big project or a partner for joint-funding initiatives, our search uncovers opportunities to build  relationships and further your mission.

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With our unique tool, Amplify, grant seekers post projects for funders to review. If the project is a good fit, the funder can directly connect with the organization.

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Food pantries and other organizations that address hunger work beyond the 9 to 5 workday. Your subscription to the Catholic Funding Guide includes a full year of online access to our funder database so you can research grants for food and hunger organizations on your schedule.

With so many funders in our database, how will you find the best match for your food pantry? Our robust search filters allow you to narrow down a list of funders that support hunger organizations in certain locations or based on other meaningful criteria.

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Amplify - Directly Connect with Funders

Post your projects in need of funding, and funders can review your project directly

Our innovative platform, Amplify, enables you to post your hunger-related projects in need of funding. Funders can then review your project and reach out to you directly for more information or to request that you apply for a grant. It’s an easier way to find funding for your food pantry or soup kitchen.

The Guide has 2,000+ funders, but how many of them support food pantries, soup kitchens, and other hunger-related organizations? Over 600! This increases the chance that you will find a prospective funder interested in your important work.

Contact Information for Over 600 Funders of Food & Hunger Programs

Includes funders difficult to find elsewhere

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Opportunities for Food Banks & More

Feeding the hungry is what our tradition calls a “corporal work of mercy.” Supporting efforts to provide food to those in need is important to many of our Catholic and Catholic-inspired funders.

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Amplify, a feature of the Catholic Funding Guide, allows you to post projects for funders to review. Simply share a project title, a three-sentence “elevator pitch,” the expected outcomes, and some basic organizational information, and it will be shared with funders aligned with Catholic values, including feeding the hungry.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Catholic Funding Guide has a database of over 2,000 funders, 615 of whom fund food banks and hunger-related programming. 

The Catholic Funding Guide has helped Catholic organizations connect with funders for more than 35 years. The Guide is a project of FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities), the leading philanthropic peer network serving as a catalyst for a vital Catholic Church, Catholic ministries, and the common good.

While some funders in our database prefer to focus on Catholic-specific causes, the vast majority of the funders support causes more broadly in line with Catholic values, including food pantries and hunger-related causes. Feeding the hungry is one of the Catholic faith’s corporal works of mercy, and supporting works like these is a longstanding part of Catholic tradition.

The 1,800+ funders in our database have a history of supporting Catholic organizations with a wide variety of causes, from social services to education to evangelization and beyond. We regularly add new funders, continuing to expand the connections available to our subscribers.

We obtain our information from a variety of sources, most notably IRS 990 filings. We also have direct relationships with funders who provide their information directly to the Catholic Funding Guide. Many of the funders in the Guide do not have websites, and some are difficult to find through public sources such as Form 990s.

No, we do not. The modest cost of the Guide is used exclusively for maintaining and improving our database. As a result, no additional funding is available to support Catholic organizations financially.

We recognize the challenge for organizations outside the US to find funding and are proud to include funders in our database who do have a history of funding international projects. Over 80% of our funders, however, do not have a history of giving outside the US.  We continue to grow our database with the goal of providing more connections to organizations seeking funding.

Amplify is a feature of the Catholic Funding Guide designed to streamline the connection between funders and grantseekers. Grantseekers post projects in need of funding, and funders search and review projects for ones that match their interests. Funders can then communicate directly with grant seekers who post projects on Amplify.

Catholic organizations submit projects in need of funding. Funders can search by area of interest, location, and more. Amplify can automatically email you when a new project aligns with your interests. When funders identify a project of interest, they can reach out directly to the organization for more information, or to invite them to apply for a grant. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide free access to The Catholic Funding Guide. As an initiative of a nonprofit organization designed to connect Catholic organizations with funders that align with their mission, the Catholic Funding Guide keeps the cost as low as possible to make it as affordable as possible for Catholic organizations. The majority of our subscribers are able to secure one or more grants using our database, which more than covers the initial investment.

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“Access to the Catholic Funding Guide allows Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota to provide alternate potential funding sources when we ourselves are unable to fund an organization with a purpose benefiting the Catholic community at large. It’s very easy to use.”

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Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota

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