Microgrant Program

Funded by The Foundation for New York’s Strongest, the Microgrant Program helps NYC businesses begin or expand food waste diversion efforts, with funding and technical support to prevent and reduce food waste.

Through the Food Waste Creative Solutions Grant, the Foundation will award up to $2,000 plus technical support to small businesses based in New York City that:

  • need financial and technical support to begin or expand a viable and sustainable organics project

  • commit to implementing and tracking innovative solutions to prevent and reduce food waste in their operations

  • meet the criteria outlined in the application materials


The application period for the 2019 Microgrant Program is now open!

To apply, complete the application form and submit to microgrants@foodwastefair.nyc by 5:00pm EST on July 31, 2019. Please review the FAQ below and carefully read the instructions in the program application.

Microgrant FAQ

1.    Who can apply?

Any business, school, nonprofit, or group with private carter collection that meets the following criteria:

  • Must have 25 or fewer employees OR $500,000 or less in annual revenue

  • Must be located within the five boroughs of New York City

  • Must be an existing business (idea-stage or pre-startup companies not eligible)

Priority will be given to businesses that provide proof of the greatest long-term benefit to their operation.

Businesses that wish to collaborate or partner for the purpose of this grant must complete a joint application and all responsible parties must sign. The application form, project proposal, timeline, budget, and all relevant supporting materials must clearly demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of each entity and how they will contribute to the project’s implementation.

2.    When is the deadline for the 2019 Microgrant Application?

Applications are due on July 31, 2019 by 5:00pm EST.

3.    When will grantees be selected?

The selection process will begin in early August. Grantees will be notified of their status in August 2019.

4.    What are the official start and end dates for the program?

The program will officially start once the grantees have been publicly announced in August. The program year will continue until May 31, 2020. Grantees will present their projects towards the end of the program year.

5.    What is the Application Advisory Period?

Applicants will have the opportunity to submit questions about the program or application during the advisory period until July 31, 2019.

6.  How are grantees chosen?

Applications will be evaluated based on a list of criteria including the completeness of each application and the submission of all required documentation. A strong application should include a proposal that clearly and directly addresses the problem of food waste within the business’s operations and outlines an actionable project to be completed within the program year.

For any remaining questions, please contact us at microgrants@foodwastefair.nyc.

Previous Grantees

In 2017, the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Foundation for New York’s Strongest launched the Microgrant Program with proceeds from the first-ever NYC Food Waste Fair—funding projects ranging from building 3 bin compost systems to creating zero waste event stations.

Participants who successfully completed their projects as scoped received up to $2,000 and technical support.

2017 Grantees

Ox Verte

Ox Verte

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