MAZON Grantees

Our Grantee Partners

MAZON awards partnership grants to carefully selected anti-hunger organizations throughout the country that help us to advance our mission in their communities. In 2014, we awarded $4.25 million to 254 partners in the United States and Israel. 

Grantmaking Overview

MAZON provides funding, training and resources to 254 nonprofit organizations fighting to end hunger in the U.S and in Israel.

Our partner grantees include food banks, legal-service organizations, advocacy groups and many others. Our funding supports advocacy and public policy efforts to strengthen government food and nutrition programs at the local, state and federal level. These programs provide a critical safety net to help millions of struggling children, families and seniors put food on the table. Our partner grantees focus on legislation including the Farm Bill, Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act and the Older Americans Act. 

Work we Fund

We fund anti-hunger advocacy work at the local, state and national level. Here are some examples: 

Policy-Level Examples:

  • Help pass legislation intended to protect funding and program integrity of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps) and/or other government food and nutrition programs

  • Influence policy as measured by visits with policy makers

  • Testify at or attending legislative or other hearings

  • Engage officials in efforts to improve benefit delivery systems

Organization-Level Examples:

  • Build capacity for effective anti-hunger advocacy, as measured by the number of advocacy traninings attended by staff, board, clients and volunteers

  • Develop an advocacy committee and policies 

  • Participate in anti-hunger collaborations and coalitions

Public-Education-Level Examples: 

  • Build and strengthen relationships with key media sources, as measured by the type and number of hunger articles published

  • Submit and/or publish op-eds, research reports or studies

  • Increase public awareness of hunger, as measured by participation in community meetings, civic hearings and hunger awareness events

Work We Do Not Fund:

We do not fund organizations that only advocate on behalf of the clients they serve. (For example, helping clients access benefits or fill out applications for programs such as SNAP and WIC.)

We do not fund international groups, with the exception of Israel-based organizations. 

How Does My Organization Become a MAZON Grantee?

Organizations are invited to apply for MAZON funding on an annual basis. Only those that receive an invitation may apply. 

We are always interested in learning about new partnership opportunities. If your organization is engaged in anti-hunger advocacy work at the local, state or national level, we encourage you to contact us. If your work is aligned with our funding priorities, you may be invited to apply for a grant. 

We are particularly interested in learning about: 

  • Legislation you're working to support, or defeat

  • Specific advocacy activities you're involved in

  • Work impacting seniors, active-duty military or Native American populations

  • Work in rural and remote areas

  • Emerging barriers that are affecting your advocacy work, such as recent legislation