Q: Does MAZON accept letters of intent?
A: The grants budget for MAZON is tied directly to our annual fundraising efforts. Although our fundraising has remained strong and stable despite the weak economic climate, we are not in a position to accept new grant applicants at this time.
We do however want to learn about anti-hunger programs. We welcome information, brochures and letters detailing your programs and services. Please see below for contact information for the program officer managing your region. We also suggest that you continue to monitor our website for more information and future changes regarding our funding process.
Q: Does MAZON provide general operating support?
A: MAZON awards general support or project funding for local, state, regional and national anti-hunger coalitions and public policy organizations with a major focus on the problem of hunger in America. Direct service organizations will only receive a grant if they demonstrate a strong commitment to advocacy.
Q: What is the average funding amount from MAZON?
A: Our grants range from $5,000-$50,000, with the vast majority of grants ranging between $8,000 and $15,000.
Q: Can I apply for multi-year funding?
A: No. At this time, funding is only available for one-year grants.
Q: When awarding a grant, what criterion is most important to MAZON?
A: All organizations wishing to apply for financial support from MAZON must demonstrate that anti-hunger advocacy is a major organizational priority. This reflects MAZON’s belief that private food programs, while important and necessary, can not substitute for the systemic change needed to address the problems of hunger and poverty in America. Although applicants are not required to request MAZON funding for anti-hunger advocacy and education, all proposals must demonstrate a strong commitment to and participation in this kind of work.
Q: Can I apply for funding if I represent an international organization?
A: MAZON currently is not accepting any unsolicited applications, including applications from international organizations. We do however want to learn about anti-hunger programs. We welcome brief letters detailing your programs and services. We also suggest that you continue to monitor our website for more information and future changes regarding our funding process.
Q: When will the revised grant guidelines be available for domestic and international applicants?
A: MAZON is currently revising its international grantmaking portfolio, which will impact our 2014 grant cycle. We will post updates on the website as they become available.
Q: Does MAZON provide support for special projects that are not related to our work in social justice and protecting the government safety net programs?
A: At this time, MAZON does not accept funding requests for special projects (such as innovative community gardens, nutrition education programs, etc.). However our guidelines will be changing for the 2014 grant cycle. Please check the website for updates.
Q: Why does MAZON focus on core operating support?
A: Our experience during the past several decades has taught us that flexible funding that helps to cover the ongoing costs of day-to-day operations can make all the difference to small nonprofit organizations. This type of support can free nonprofits to become more strategic about how they tackle the anti-hunger challenges they face, to craft their own solutions to enhance their effectiveness, to strengthen their staff, and to continue to build their infrastructure. Although MAZON’s grants are typically for core operating support, we require that all grantees have a fully defined advocacy program that includes measurable objectives, corresponding activities and a methodology to evaluate success and challenges.
Q: Do you give grants to hungry individuals?
A: No. MAZON does not provide grants to hungry individuals or families, but we are happy to try to refer individuals to food pantries in their communities whenever possible.
Q: Does MAZON provide ongoing or repeat funding for effective anti-hunger organizations?
A: Yes. MAZON typically provides repeat funding for exemplary anti-hunger organizations. In fact, our relationships with many of our grantees extend back a decade or longer.
Q: If I have a question that does not appear on your website, how can I get an answer?
A: If you have other questions about our grantmaking program or application process, or should contact the Grants Department at MAZON by calling (800) 813-0557 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the program officer for your particular region directly.
Q: Who is the program officer for my region and how can I contact him/her?
Elaine Himelfarb, MPH
Marcy Kaplan, MPP*
Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT)
*Midwest (IL, IA, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI)
*Marcy Kaplan is taking a leave of absence from December 2013 through April 2014. Lisa O’Brien will be Acting Program Officer for the starred regions and can be contacted at email@example.com or 424-208-7219.