Hazon Seal Mini-Grants

Food and Climate

Hazon has been pleased to offer Food and Climate Mini-Grants, which support Hazon Seal sites that are taking action, through food choices, to reduce their negative impact on climate change. All grant funds have been awarded and we are no longer accepting applications. If funding allows, we may reopen the application, so have kept the information on the program available for your information.

The Basics

  • Grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Hence, there is no deadline and grants are available until the funds are all awarded. Grants are no longer available at this time.
  • Grants are up to $750, though if applicants need less than $750 they can ask for less.
  • Each Hazon Seal site can receive only one grant.
  • This grant is available to all Seal sites that aren’t part of a cohort that has other mini-grant opportunities (e.g. Colorado and Detroit cohorts).
  • Those who receive this grant will have a very brief grant report (in addition to your regular year-end Hazon Seal reporting) that will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. You can preview the report form here.
  • Any projects that are listed as project ideas in the Reduce Food Waste and Transition to Plant-Rich Food Hazon Seal toolkits are eligible. Sites may also propose their own project ideas and for those to be eligible, they must accomplish one or more of the following: measurably reduce the amount of food wasted long-term; measurably decrease the amount of industrial meat, dairy and/or eggs served long-term; and/or measurably increase the amount of plant-based food served long-term (without an increase in amount of meat, dairy, and eggs served).
  • The mini-grant timeline is the same as your organization’s Seal year. So, if you are already a ways into your current Seal year, note the amount of time you have left to complete a project and select a project for this grant accordingly.

If you have a mini-grant to report on, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Reducing food waste and plant-rich diets are near the very top of actions needed to reverse climate change!
  • “Changing how we eat will not be enough, on its own, to save the planet, but we cannot save the planet without changing how we eat.” (Jonathan Safran Foer)
  • Food is central to Jewish life and tradition. Jews have been thinking about kashrut – what is “fit” to eat – for nearly 3,000 years.
  • You know you’ve stumbled on good solutions when they address more than one problem: climate change, environmental justice, hunger, animal welfare, and personal health.
  • Reducing food waste and transitioning to plant-rich diets are actions that can be taken immediately, don’t require special knowledge or training, can be done incrementally, and generally are cost neutral or even save money!
You are allowed to change one of your projects if this grant opportunity inspires you to want to change to a new idea that’s eligible for the mini-grant. You may also add an additional project. However, you do still need to stick with your same 12-month timeline based on when you joined/renewed. Applying for this grant does not reset your overall Hazon Seal timeline.

Indeed, many of the projects you’d do to reduce the food you’re wasting or to change the food you’re serving involves gathering together to eat. However, there is still so much you can do now and in the coming months:

  • Online programming and distanced in-person programming are great options. A lot of the project ideas in the Reduce Food Waste and Transition to Plant-Rich Food toolkits are educational programs, many of which translate very well to online or distanced in-person formats. Examples include formal educational programs with guest speakers/educators and movie screenings followed by discussion, and informal programs like Shabbat potlucks and book clubs.
  • Many Seal projects aren’t about programming but operations. Projects that are directly related to food service operations can often take research and groundwork in order to implement. Even if implementation may not be possible until after COVID restrictions are loosened, so long as the groundwork is completed during your current Seal year that’s still eligible. In this case, it is the research and groundwork (that positions your organization to take action as soon as food service resumes) that would be your project.
Mini-grant recipients have access to the same benefits available to all Hazon Seal sites to support their efforts to reduce food waste and/or transition to plant-rich food. This includes access to robust toolkits, support from your Hazon Seal site coordinator, and connection to other Hazon Seal sites around the country that are doing similar work. All sites that need additional expertise around food and climate can consult with Hazon’s Director of Food and Climate.
No. Hazon Seal projects around gardening are wonderful and do a lot of good! However, their impact on reducing food waste and/or directly supporting a transition to plant-rich food practices aren’t significant enough to be eligible for this grant. But if you have a unique gardening project that does meet the eligibility requirements outlined above, you can apply.
This exciting mini-grant opportunity is being offered to all Hazon Seal sites that are not part of the Colorado and Detroit Seal cohorts. Those cohorts already benefit from other mini-grant opportunities and this Food and Climate Mini-Grant is for those who don’t have those other funding opportunities. If these mini-grants are not fully allocated after a few months, we can make them available to Detroit and Colorado sites.

Send an email to seal@Hazon.org and we’ll be in touch in 3-5 business days.