Community Kitchens Grant Program

Posted by on April 25, 2003

[RFP Bulletin]

Altria Issues Request for Proposals for Community Kitchens Grant Program

Deadline: May 2, 2003

Altria Group, Inc. is accepting proposals for the Community Kitchens grantmaking initiative, a collaboration with America’s Second Harvest ( and Kitchens INC, a program of DC Central Kitchen (

Organizations in all fifty states and the District of Columbia that have an open and operational community-kitchen program are eligible to apply. A community-kitchen program is a culinary job-training program for unemployed or low-income individuals in a community-based shelter and/or meal program that provides meals produced by the trainees to various vulnerable populations, including people who are homeless, people living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of domestic violence, homebound elderly, and children in after school programs. These training programs are designed to place graduates in jobs and to provide meals to people in need in the community.

This year, Altria will award Community Kitchens grants to established community-kitchen programs that have graduated at least three training classes by March 31, 2003. Applicants must be U.S. nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code.

Grant awards of up to $50,000 (in multiples of $500) are intended to fund food; kitchen/food handling equipment; transportation/distribution equipment; trainee stipends/monetary incentives; trainee transportation; salaries for chef trainer, social service, career/job placement, and/or job retention staff or partnerships (e.g., consultants); and/or other reasonable program costs.

See the Altria Web site for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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