Creating Equitable Food Systems in Eastern North Carolina-Closed

Like many parts of the state, rural Healthy Places NC communities are working to address high food insecurity and obesity rates. To assist stakeholders in Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties in building a more equitable food system, the Trust will support efforts aimed at collecting data and mapping systems or implementing local action plans.


Steps to Apply



Build a more equitable food system where residents with low incomes have ongoing access to healthy food options.


Conduct community-based evaluation, research, and planning that engages residents in the process to collect data, identify gaps, and determine best practices to address goals.

Convene, facilitate, and coordinate stakeholders to collectively address goals. This could include better coordination within and across systems and regularly convening community partners.

Build community, organizational, and individual capacity in areas with low incomes so that historically marginalized populations can participate in health improvement efforts.

Timeframe for Applications

The Trust is not currently accepting applications for this funding opportunity.

Geographic Focus

Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, Robeson, Bladen, Columbus counties

Next Steps

If you think you are a fit, assess your eligibility below and then contact us to apply. Or, view all funding opportunities here.


Organizations in eastern North Carolina are working to create more equitable food systems that provide ongoing opportunities for healthy food access, especially for historically marginalized communities. These groups are also helping ensure that people with low incomes and communities of color have greater leverage to influence the food system and address hunger. These stakeholders are mapping out paths to improve healthy food access.

To help communities in this mapping and implementation process, the Trust is interested in supporting system change strategies for increasing access to healthy food and building a more equitable food system. This could include communications or advocacy strategies, community engagement, policy reform, coordinating across organizations, and related approaches. If communities have not developed maps and action plans, the Trust can assist with this approach as well. Competitive applications will directly engage the communities that disproportionately suffer from a lack of healthy food options.

Eligibility Requirements

Before applying, consider the following questions and requirements:

  • Is your organization or work a good fit with the Trust?
  • Are you located or operating in North Carolina?
  • Does your work focus on improving quality of life and health for North Carolinians with low incomes?
  • Do you primarily support populations experiencing poverty?
    • These populations include: individuals living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; the uninsured; and those eligible for Medicaid and/or the free/reduced school lunch program.

Organizations the Trust WILL fund:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Governmental entities

Organizations the Trust WILL NOT fund:

  • Individuals
  • Faith-based organizations without 501(c)(3)
  • Type III supporting organizations
  • Organizations providing pass-through funds to an ineligible organization

Eligible? Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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