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Summer Meals Capacity-Building Mini-Grants

Categories: Children, Equity, Youth


The Summer Meals Capacity-Building Mini-Grants program seeks to increase the number of children and youth in the City of Rochester receiving summer meals and the number of days meals are served.


The Summer Meals program is federally funded and designed to provide food to youth when the regular school year is not in session. The program serves youth 18 and under who are in programs that serve, or are located near, a school with at least 50% free and reduced meals eligibility rates. The City of Rochester is designated a high-need area, making all youth in the city eligible for summer meals. The Summer Meals program (officially the Summer Food Service Program) is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service.

What can be funded?

Proposals may include requests for one or more of the following:

  • A Summer Meals Volunteer Coordinator or supplemental staff to increase the Summer Meals site’s capacity to serve additional children and/or to extend the number of days of meal service. The maximum allowable amount is $2,500 from this funding source.
  • One-time capital purchases to increase the capacity of the Summer Meals site to serve additional children and/or extend the number of days of meal service. Examples include purchase of tables, chairs, and coolers. Examples can be found here: Refrigeration and diningEquipment
  • One-time capital purchase of equipment or supplies that will encourage physical activity and fun, thus increasing the capacity of the provider to serve additional summer meals as more youth may be enticed to participate. The maximum allowable amount is $350 from this funding source.

Typical Grant Size

$500 to $5,000

Requests for more than $2,500 will only be considered for proposals that include a plan for a Coordinator or supplemental staff and equipment purchases, as outlined below:

  • A Summer Meals Volunteer Coordinator position/supplemental staff (maximum allowable $2,500) and a capital equipment expense

Note: The Summer Meals Partnership is interested in hearing from Summer Meals programs whose needs exceed the scope of this funding opportunity. Please email grants@racf.org if you would like to discuss this with a member of the Partnership.

Other Requirements

  • A representative from the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester will perform a site visit during a scheduled mealtime.
  • If approved, grant recipients must submit a final report that includes detail on actual expenses and how funds helped achieve the goals outlined in the application. The report will be due by September 30, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any organization, church, or government entity that has previously provided reimbursable Summer Meals through the New York State Department of Education under the Summer Food Service Program in the City of Rochester; and
  • Is either an approved partner of one of the three main Summer Meals sponsors in Rochester (the City of Rochester, Rochester City School District, or Foodlink) for meal delivery, or maintains its own LEA status with NYSED for Summer Meal sponsorship.

Previous Summer Meals Mini-Grant recipients are eligible to reapply, but priority may be given to organizations that have not received Summer Meals Mini-Grants in the past.

Application Due Date(s)

The most recent application deadline was Friday, May 19, 2023.


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The Community Foundation is under no obligation to approve any proposals for funding. Additionally, the Community Foundation reserves the right to prioritize and select components of a proposal to fund, thus allowing for the possibility of partial funding.

All capital equipment purchased with mini-grant funds becomes the sole property of the grantee. The Community Foundation is not responsible for maintenance or repair of equipment purchased through mini-grants. Any and all liability resulting from possession, use, or failure of equipment is the grantee’s liability. The Community Foundation is not responsible for disposal costs for equipment purchased through mini-grants and encourages grantees to dispose of equipment in a responsible and legal manner.

Mini-grant payments to approved grantees are contingent upon completion of site approval by the sponsor and NYSED.


Berta Rivera
Rochester Area Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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