Food Security Program

The Oak Hill Fund

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Virginia

Location of residency: Virginia

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About this funder:



The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing "when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life". Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people's dietary needs as well as their food preferences.

Food security is built on three pillars:

  • Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis.

  • Food access: having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet.

  • Food use: appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care, as well as adequate water and sanitation. 

The Oak Hill Fund believes that support of local food banks will improve food availability and access for those in need. By increasing the capacity of these organizations, their ability to feed those in need will increase and will ultimately provide a greater number of meals. We seek proposals to:

  • Provide support for food banks in central Virginia

  • Educate the public about the importance of locally-sourced food

  • Increase locally-sourced foods and services in the food supply chain

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Oak Hill Fund only awards grants to organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • The Oak Hill Fund supports overhead (administrative and fundraising expenses) required for the proposed project. 
  • Grants for food banks are limited to the Thomas Jefferson Planning District (TJPD) in central Virginia.
    • The TJPD includes the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Fluvanna County, Greene County, Louisa County, and Nelson County. 
  • Grants for groups that establish and improve access to local foods, such as food cooperatives or food hubs are limited to the Commonwealth of Virginia. 


  • The Oak Hill Fund prefers project-specific requests in lieu of requests for general operating support.


  • Additional overhead, such as often established by colleges and universities, will not be considered.
  • The Oak Hill Fund does not support capital campaigns, endowments, individuals, bricks and mortar projects (excluding clinics under the WRHRJ Program), books or films.
  • OHF does not support any research projects.
  • Multi-year grants will not be considered.