Critical Issue Fund Grant

Claneil Foundation

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Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $150,000

Next deadline: Jun 1, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Aug 17, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland Show all

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About this funder:



Founded in 1968, the Claneil Foundation is a private foundation located in the Philadelphia region that seeks to improve the health of families and communities through advancements in health and human services, a sustainable food system, education and the protection of the environment. The Foundation provides general operating and program support grants locally, and awards seed funding to emerging projects and organizations that have the potential for significant impact in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.  

Every five years, the Claneil Foundation identifies an emerging “critical issue” to support in its grant making. Currently, the Critical Issue Fund supports efforts related to the prevention, reduction and the recovery of wasted food.  The Foundation is particularly interested in cutting-edge approaches that are timely, demonstrate potential for significant impact and can serve as a model for others.  

Critical Issue grants are multi-year grants (2 years), and range from $50,000 - $75,000 per year. Annual funding disbursements to grantee organizations are determined based on performance demonstrated in yearly reporting.

Food Waste (Current Issue)

Food waste occurs in homes, in institutions, in businesses, and on farms. A report released by the ReFED group in 2016, states that up to 40% of the food produced in the country is being wasted, while one in seven Americans is food insecure. Food waste not only causes major economic losses, it also impacts climate, water, land use, and biodiversity.

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  • Organizations located in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states of the U.S. are eligible to submit a letter. 
    • Organizations serving communities outside of this geographic area may apply if invited by a Claneil Foundation board member.


  • We do not award funding for international projects or capital campaigns.