Equitable Food Systems and Recreation Opportunities in Eastern North Carolina

Most Healthy Places North Carolina counties have limited access to healthy food options and recreation opportunities.

Community based organizations, local coalitions, and collaboratives are tackling these longstanding inequities and health concerns through a variety of means. These include, but are not limited to, the creation of food policy councils, establishing new farmers’ markets, advocating for more recreation resources, and ramping up healthy eating and active living programs. The Trust aims to reduce racial disparities in health care, so we are particularly interested in how communities are engaging residents with low incomes and people of color in these efforts.

Steps to Apply



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

Increase equitable access to recreation opportunities.


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, network, organizational, and individual capacity so that historically marginalized populations, particularly Black, Immigrant, Indigenous, and other leaders of color can drive community and health improvement efforts.

Timeframe for Applications

Call-by date: September 20, 2022
Application deadline: October 13, 2022

Geographic Focus

Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, and surrounding 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 and increasing equitable access to recreation opportunities, 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, address hunger, and create communities with recreational opportunities. These groups have worked to map out food access in Northeastern North Carolina.

To help communities in implementing these plans, the Trust is interested in supporting system change strategies for increasing access to healthy food and building a more equitable food system. For equitable access to recreation opportunities, the Trust is interested in supporting systematic efforts to increase access to recreation opportunities. 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, then 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 and recreation 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.
  • Are your clients (or focus population) residents of North Carolina? If yes, then you may fit our geographic criteria.

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

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If you have read the above eligibility requirements and think you are a good fit, use the form below or email Alison Duncan to schedule a phone consultation.



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