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TSET Food Systems Impact Grants RFP
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) announces the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new TSET Food Systems Impact Grants. The RFP can be downloaded here.
TSET is offering one-time, short-term funding to help jumpstart or support projects aimed at improving Oklahomans’ access to healthy foods. TSET seeks to fund projects that propose to make change to root causes of food insecurity as well as bring together multiple sectors to create and support sustained improvement.
Possible projects could include assisting the funded organization’s efforts to incentivize increased purchasing power of fresh fruits and vegetables, partnering in a campaign to raise awareness about community feeding sites and SNAP enrollment, and providing additional support for local farmer’s market efforts, drive-through farmer’s markets, merchant education about SNAP product guidelines, or other programs. These examples are not inclusive of all possible projects and TSET welcomes applicant ideas for funding consideration.
Because this funding is time-limited and maximum impact is desired, the successful applicant should already be working in the food security arena within Oklahoma and should have already identified a funding need within their current portfolio of services.
Oklahoma ranks 45th out of 50 states as one of the most food insecure states, according to 2019 America’s Health Rankings. Nearly 15% of Oklahoma households lack access at times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Lack of access or uncertainty in ability to obtain healthy foods have been associated with an increase in poor health outcomes, obesity and health care costs. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened Oklahoman’s access and purchasing power for healthy and nutritious foods.
At the end of April, more than 1 in 5 households in the United States, and 2 in 5 households with mothers with children 12 and under, were food insecure, according to preliminary national surveys. In Oklahoma, 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger in Oklahoma, according to Feeding America.
Applications must be submitted before 4 p.m. Central Time on July 31, 2020. Questions regarding this RFP were accepted until 4 p.m. on July 15, 2020.
Questions and answers related to the Food Systems Impact Grants can be found here.
This list of answers may be updated in the future.
Any questions related to this announcement may be directed to [email protected] or 405.521.3892.