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 We are building a collaborative network of Community Food Systems Consultants to increase connectivity, collaboration and opportunity among those with experience supporting community food systems development. 

NAFSN defines a community food system consultant as a professional who contracts on projects designed to support and improve food systems work that is community-led. 


NAFSN Leadership for this initiative in 2024 is led by Sagdrina Jalal of Atlanta, GA.

Sagdrina will host three Learning Sessions for members of the Community Food Systems Consultants Forum this year:

Learning Session #1 - Tue, May 28, 3-4p ET

Learning Session #2 - TBD

Learning Session #3 - TBD


About Sagdrina Jalal:

As the founder of SageD Consulting and a consultant for Atlanta Leadership Consulting, Sagdrina delivers transformational experiences for executive teams, non-profit boards, and impact-driven professionals. 

Her extensive food systems work includes serving as the founding Executive Director for the Georgia Farmers Market Association,  a board member for the national Farmers Market Coalition, a Well-Being Impact Area Advisor for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and an advisor for Tuskegee University’s Organic Farming Project. In 2022, she collaborated with Black growers and farmers market leaders to curate the Anti-Racist Farmers Market Toolkit that is now utilized by farmers market leaders across the country. 


Guideposts for this Work:

* NAFSN knows that the community food systems workforce requires unique skills, science-based knowledge, and trust-based networks. 

* NAFSN acknowledges a disturbing dearth of community food systems consultants representing historically marginalized communities.

* NAFSN works with practitioners at all career points (emerging, transitional, seasoned) to help this workforce become better known, valued, and engaged in driving meaningful change.

* NAFSN leans toward newcomers, and values lived experiences, place-based knowledge, and activism as cornerstones of this profession.

* NAFSN recognizes the challenges that communities face in finding community food systems consultants who meet their needs, honor their cultures, and match their price points.

* NAFSN knows that there are really good tools out there that consultants can build upon and use in their work but may not be aware of.


Initiative 1: curate RFPs for community food systems development work throughout the US

Initiative 2: host learning sessions designed for community food systems consultants

Initiative 3: develop a referral system that requires recommendations from CBOs


Requests For Proposal:



5/14/24

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems is requesting proposals for evaluation support of the Michigan Local Food Purchase Cooperative Agreement (LFPA) project.

In 2022, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) signed a cooperative agreement under the LFPA program with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and it is expected to run through September 2025. In this program, eight sub-agency partners from across the state receive funding to purchase healthy foods from local, socially disadvantaged Michigan farmers. Foods are distributed by partners through a variety of channels to reach underserved communities.

One of the goals for the LFPA project is to create and expand community partnerships between existing agencies, organizations, and their local and regional disadvantaged farmers and producers. Expected outcomes target increased sales and support for local and socially disadvantaged farmers and producers, and delivery of local fresh produce at increased levels through new and existing programs.

The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) will provide assessment and evaluation support to MDE for the LFPA program. The CRFS team leading this project primarily consists of two key project personnel, including a Principal Investigator who will lead the evaluation. 

Proposals due: May 22, 2024

SEE RFP



5/03/24

Croatan Institute seeks a Website Development Consultant to support the creation of its FARMWISE NC website, a resource intended to support access to financial health services and increase knowledge of the available ecosystem services for underserved farmers and ranchers.  

The FARMWISE project is intended to be replicated in other states using FARMWISE NC as a basis.  The ideal candidate will guide our team through all aspects of website development. The consultant will collaborate with our team to understand the project objectives and requirements, and then provide strategic advice and technical solutions to achieve our goals. They will leverage their expertise in web development technologies, best practices, and industry trends to deliver innovative and effective solutions. 

Location: Remote  

Duration: 6-month contract  

Compensation: $5,000 - $7,000  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

SEE APPLICATION



5/3/24

Croatan Institute seeks an experienced Educational Module Development Consultant to lead the development of an online module designed to educate underserved farmers and ranchers about financial health, budgeting, saving, and other essential financial concepts in English and Spanish. Your work will empower our clients to make informed financial decisions and achieve their financial goals.

Location: Remote  

Duration: 6-month contract  

Compensation: $8,000-$10,000  

Croatan Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and action institute whose mission is to build social equity and ecological resilience by leveraging finance to create pathways to a just economy. The Institute is seeking a diligent, flexible, and highly motivated individual to assist the Institute with a wide range of operational matters. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

SEE APPLICATION



4/26/2024

The City and County of Denver Department of Parks and Recreation is soliciting proposals for programming partners to provide community garden and healthy food access services throughout Denver.

Proposers have the option to bid on a single group, or to bid on both groups.

Proposers should attend the pre-proposal meeting which shall take place virtually/online on May 14, 2024 at 9:00 AM MST via https://shorturl.at/doU23. Proposers may also attend by calling 720-388-6219, ID 757483614#. The pre-proposal meeting is not mandatory, but proposers will be held responsible for all information presented at the meeting.

Proposal deadline: May 31, 2024

SEE RFP



04/22/24

Foodshed Alliance in New Jersey is seeking a Research Consultant to set up a system to measure, evaluate and clearly define the impact of its LocalShare gleaning/food access program, so that they may fully engage their partners, food-insecure individuals and the community, improve program effectiveness, and provide data necessary to attract funders, corporate groups, and volunteers.

Proposal deadline: May 1, 2024

SEE RFP



4/20/2024

The Rhode Island Food Policy Council seeks a contractor to support outreach to Rhode Island municipalities to assess their interest in initiating/expanding food waste composting.

The central landfill in Johnston, Rhode Island is projected to reach full capacity in 10-15 years. The quasi-public entity that operates it, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, told planners in 2018 to start looking for trash disposal alternatives by 2022. The trash being dumped into the landfill includes about 100,000 tons of food waste per year, making food waste one of the top materials being deposited in Rhode Island’s waste stream. Unfortunately, when organic waste like food waste is deposited in a landfill and starts decomposing, it releases methane – a greenhouse gas which is much more dangerous than carbon dioxide for the climate, because it is much more efficient than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Concurrently, there is a strong and growing need for high quality compost that can improve soil fertility among RI’s farmers, gardeners, home builders, and state infrastructure agencies. This small state boasts 57,000 acres of farmland and over 1,000 farms, which were estimated by the University of Rhode Island to result in $297 million in agricultural sales (2012 estimate adjusted for inflation to 2020 dollars). RI also has scores of community gardens, many in historically underserved communities, and tens of thousands of home gardens. Many of these home and business owners prefer to use compost because it is a natural, nutrient-rich soil amendment that enriches their plants. 

Objective: To grow municipal food waste composting volumes by supporting RI municipalities in learning about and implementing food waste diversion strategies including municipal composting programs. Working to support the Program Director – Food, Climate and Environment establish relationships with potential municipal partners.

Proposal due: April 26, 2024

SEE RFP



04/15/2024

Clif Bar is gathering information from organizations and/or individuals with experience conducting Supply Chain Assessments on social and/or environmental criteria. From the information submitted, Clif Bar will invite a select group of potential partners to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and respond to a formal Request for Proposal. 

Application submission due: April 21, 2024.

SEE ANNOUNCEMENT



04/11/24

The La Plata County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in Colorado, through the La Plata County Procurement Division, is seeking a professional consultant with relevant experience and expertise to develop a strategic master plan for the La Plata County fairgrounds. The master plan will take into consideration the historical, cultural, recreational, and economic viability of the fairgrounds for La Plata County residents.

The La Plata County Fairgrounds has been providing facilities and amenities to the local community since 1917. Annual events such as the La Plata County Fair and Fiesta Days celebrate the community's rural southwestern lifestyle and are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The county fair is held annually in early August. Year-round activities at the fairgrounds include business and social functions, short-term overnight parking for RVs, equestrian activities, rodeos and livestock events, concerts, 4-H events and recreational uses including baseball and soccer. A variety of consumer and trade shows, swap meets, flea markets, and community sales also occur at the fairgrounds throughout the year. In addition, the Exhibit Hall has a commercial kitchen where local producers can prepare food for sale and there are frequent cooking classes in the Extension Building.

Proposal deadline: May 14, 2024

SEE RFP



04/04/24

The National Young Farmers Coalition is in search of a Phone Banker and Technical Assistant to make calls to potential applicants to Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan programs.

The goals of these outreach calls and accompanying technical assistance to farmers and ranchers across the country are to:
1) Ensure increased awareness and comprehension of relevant FSA loan programs;
2) Provide tailored support through application processes and arising concerns;
3) Retain lessons learned throughout the process for improved future services.

Proposal Deadline: April 18, 2024

SEE RFP



04/01/24

Alachua County, Florida, is seeking proposals to develop a Food Hub Plan with a community engagement strategy, market analysis, and business plan for a food aggregation and distribution program that will primarily sell to institutional food purchasers while serving economically challenged and marginalized communities in the county by providing affordable access to healthy local foods. Proposers will be required to have expertise in food systems, aggregation, and distribution facility development with a focus on supporting local growers, farmers, and farm communities, providing financial, self-sustaining alternative markets for food, food insecurity, food sovereignty, and emergency food assistance. 

The services requested by the County under this solicitation are for the Fresh Food Pathways Consultant Services to develop a Plan for a community-based FOOD HUB.  This project will be implemented from early 2024 through 2026.  Approximately $962,000 is allocated to create the FOOD HUB community engagement strategy, market analysis, and business plan and manage sub-awards to local community-based organizations and non-profits.  Sub-awards will be for various food system services that inform the market analysis and business plan context. The Plan must show how it will serve two to six low-income and marginalized communities lacking access to local, fresh, healthy, affordable food and multiple institutional food purchasers in Alachua County. The project will be implemented over two years starting in early 2024.  

Proposal Deadline: April 10, 2024

SEE RFP



03/25/24

The Vermont Foodbank Food Security Innovation Lab (FSIL) is seeking proposals from qualified consultant(s) to support the intentional sunsetting of the FSIL through facilitated stakeholder engagement and assistance in creating final recommendations and reports.

The selected consultant will co-create and facilitate an inclusive process that builds stakeholder engagement and understanding of lab learnings, supports the FSIL team to synthesize the research into accurate and actionable artifacts, and makes staff aware of opportunities to integrate learnings from the FSIL. The ideal candidate(s) will have expertise in nonprofit facilitation, strategic direction, shared governance, and organizational transformation. 

Proposal Deadline: April 5, 2024

SEE RFP



03/21/24

Oregon Farmers Markets Association (OFMA) is seeking proposals from qualified individuals or marketing firms to develop and execute a statewide awareness campaign to increase community engagement with farmers markets in the state of Oregon.

The goal of this campaign is to promote and enhance the visibility of Oregon’s farmers markets, encouraging community engagement and support with an emphasis on expanding rural community engagement and equitable access.

Location: 100% Remote, preference for Oregon-based applicants

Budget: $70,000 annually

Time frame: May, 2024 - May, 2025.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged.

Proposal Last Call: March 31, 2024. 

SEE RFP



03/21/24

The National Young Farmers Coalition is in search of a website consultant to assist in the update and redesign of Young Farmers’ main website and land microsite in partnership with the Young Farmers Communications Team.

The primary Young Farmers website was built in 2018 and has undergone only minor updates since; meanwhile, their social media branding has changed drastically and their website no longer reflects their visual identity.

Their hope is to have a functional, navigable website by the end of 2024 that reflects their current visual identity and is a hub for young farmer stories, resources, and advocacy opportunities for our network.

Proposals due: April 5, 2024

SEE RFP



03/04/24

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) is seeking proposals from a qualified
individual(s) to work with the Food Policy Networks (FPN) project on a transition plan for the
project. The selected person will have expertise in organizational development, specifically
network development and transition planning, and experience with non-profit organizations.
They will work closely with CLF staff and others to guide the transition of identified activities of
the FPN project from CLF to a partner organization.

Food policy councils (FPCs) and organizations that support their work have grown and evolved
beyond the services that an academic center like CLF can provide. As such, the CLF seeks to engage active FPN members and partner organizations to help define the external infrastructure needed to support the evolving needs of the network of over 300 FPCs in the United States and to redefine CLF's role in supporting this network.

Proposals due: March 15, 2024

SEE RFP



03/04/24

The South Dakota Local Foods Coalition (SDLFC) is seeking an experienced food systems planner to help lay the foundational democratic structure for its organization and to create its first multi-year strategic plan. These objectives will aid in the coalition’s goals of long term sustainability, supporting the diverse needs of its stakeholders, and achieving its mission of creating a resilient food system in South Dakota. The hired consultant will work with the coalition’s leadership team as well as the full coalition membership as needed to develop these deliverables. They invite all interested and qualified consultants to submit their proposals for consideration. 

Proposals due: March 29, 2024

SEE RFP



02/26/2024

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders seeks a strategic planning consultant to work with the SAFSF Board of Directors, staff, members, and broader network to facilitate the development of a strategic plan that will guide the organization beginning in 2024 for a period of 3-5 years. The expected project duration is March through October 2024.

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) amplifies the impact of philanthropic and investment communities in support of just and sustainable food and agriculture systems. SAFSF helps funders and investors strengthen connections within the sustainable agriculture and food systems community, foster collaboration with their peers, and build capacity to be more effective in their philanthropy and in their advocacy for change. 

Proposals due: March 3, 2024

SEE RFP



02/13/2024

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture® seeks Managed IT Support. 

Field to Market focuses its efforts on creating opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvement in productivity, environmental quality, and human well being.

On December 9, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Field to Market a Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant titled The Climate Smart Innovative Finance Initiative. The award is anticipated to conclude on December 31, 2028. Funding for the work under this RFP will be partially supported by the award.  

To ensure Field to Market’s computers and devices, network, and data, are properly supported and protected, Field to Market requests proposals for managed IT support throughout the term of the grant. The contract will be for one year with four one-year options for continuation, which Field to Market may exercise in its sole discretion.   

Proposals due: March 11, 2024

SEE RFP



02/08/24

The Agriculture Finance Sustainability Coalition seeks a consultant to document the qualifications of agricultural projects and technologies for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. 

Catalytic capital is critical to increasing the pace of investment in climate-smart agricultural practices by addressing prevailing barriers and enabling the proliferation of new financing models that work for farmers and their finance providers. The EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) stands to alter the landscape around catalytic capital that can leverage private capital. In particular, the $14 billion National Clean Investment Fund (NCIF) can serve to de-risk and catalyze replicable, scalable and equitable financial solutions that accelerate climate-smart agriculture investments.  

A newly formed Agriculture Finance Sustainability Coalition came together to identify 1) climate-smart agriculture projects that meet the qualified project criteria of the NCIF and 2) agricultural finance institutions that are positioned to deploy financial solutions to farmers across the country. 

Proposals due: February 16, 2024

SEE RFP



02/02/24

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (the Department) has announced the availability of a second round of funding for the New York Food for New York Families Competitive Grant Program.  

The New York Food for New York Families Program Round 2 (NYFNYF2) will maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency in New York State. This funding is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA.)  The goal of this program is to purchase food grown and produced in New York State and deliver it to food insecure communities. Additionally, this program focuses on creating new markets and purchasing from underserved producers. 

Proposal deadline: February 15, 2024

SEE RFP



01/29/24

Real Food Challenge is looking for a communications development specialist to set up communication systems that will support internal and external communications needs. This includes helping identify pertinent information to relevant audiences, as well as setting up Airtable function as a CRM/email campaigns generator, and setting up a content calendar system.

Over the course of its 10-year existence, Real Food Challenge has built power with students to catalyze transformative shifts in university procurement practices. After a year of rebuilding and resetting, the organization is preparing for a return to its core mission with new program directors and a set of campaigns that will engage university students with updated strategies and partnerships that reflect broader changes in the food justice, food sovereignty, and value chain coordination spaces. As a part of this re-launch, they seek support from experienced contractors to develop new communications systems that are focused on building evergreen content for a variety of audiences.

Application accepted on a rolling basis.

SEE RFP



01/29/24

Real Food Challenge seeks a consultant with 10+ years of experience working in consensus-based groups who is familiar with the many potential pitfalls of horizontal organizing and dedicated to helping co-craft creative ways of engaging common problems. The ideal candidate will both have a solid grounding in a liberatory political framework but also be intimately familiar with the ways in which identitarian politics are weaponized across the left and will support Worker Directors in humanizing each other across difference.

The role of this person in the organization is to facilitate a monthly Real Talks meeting between all Directors. This is a space both intended for staff to surface points of potential tension or divergence before they lead to disruption but also to express appreciation for each other, check in about what has and has not been working about their jobs and generally build, tend to and maintain relationship.

Over the course of its 10-year existence, Real Food Challenge has built power with students to catalyze transformative shifts in university procurement practices. 

No deadline listed.

SEE RFP



01/29/24

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Corporation) seeks proposals from qualified consulting firms for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultation.

The Corporation and other partners in the State are updating the Rhode Island Food Systems Plan, currently known as Relish Rhody (the Food Systems Plan). As part of that update, and State-wide stakeholder engagement activity, the selected proposer will provide subject matter expertise, training, and consultation to embed DEI in the State’s food systems planning and execute an equitable and inclusive process for updating the Food Systems Plan.  

Application due: January 31, 2024

SEE RFP



01/21/24

Not Our Farm (NOF) is a farmworker storytelling project that strives to celebrate and share the stories of non-owning workers on farms. NOF also aims to increase visibility around the challenges an abuses that happen on farms, regardless of size, location, or reputation. NOF seeks to contract a web designer who has a vision for how to share their work, elevate worker stories, and engage their audience in a dynamic and powerful way. 

Application due: February 5, 2024

SEE RFP



01/21/24

The Food for Humanity Initiative at the Columbia Climate School is looking for a consultant to conduct research for a project on climate and nutrition: Climate-Sensitive Nutrition Programming and Actions:  A Scoping Review and Guidance.

The consultant will conduct a scoping review on climate-nutrition linkages with the following objectives:

1. Identify entry points for climate services into health systems’ decision-making process for nutrition program delivery and adaptation strategies within health facilities and communities.

2. Propose direct and indirect health system nutrition intervention packages that help to improve short-term targeting and timing to better adapt to climate variability and change.

3. Advocate for how nutrition-resilient communities allow for better adaptive responses to climate variability.

4. Suggest recommendations that inform national and regional disaster management (including in prevention, preparedness and responses) and health strategies and investments that prioritize nutrition in order to ensure long-term adaptation to climate. 

Proposals due: January 24, 2024

SEE RFP



01/13/24

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA AMS) has entered a cooperative agreement with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) to administer the Resilient Food System Infrastructure Program in South Dakota.

Through the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure program (RFSI), USDA AMS and DANR will cooperatively administer targeted investments to the middle of the supply chain. The RFSI program will support middle-of-the-supply-chain projects that improve capacity for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, and distribution of locally and regionally produced food products.  

The RFSI is an investment in food supply chain resilience, farm and food business market access, and value-added agriculture industry development. A more resilient, secure, and diversified local food system benefits producers, consumers, and rural communities, delivering the benefits of South Dakota agriculture to all South Dakotans:

• Producers and Processors: Food systems infrastructure that supports competitive and profitable market access for domestic farm products

• Consumers: Create more diverse local and regional market options

• Communities: Economic opportunities for communities that allow them to retain more of the value chain dollar 

Proposals due: March 10, 2024

SEE RFP



01/13/24

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has announced the availability of a second round of funding for the New York Food for New York Families Competitive Grant Program.  

The New York Food for New York Families Program Round 2 (NYFNYF2) will maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency in New York State. This funding is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA.)  The goal of this program is to purchase food grown and produced in New York State and deliver it to food insecure communities. Additionally, this program focuses on creating new markets and purchasing from underserved producers. 

Proposal deadline: February 15, 2024

SEE RFP



01/13/24

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture™ seeks legal support for their Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Award.

About Field to Market Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture® is a non-profit, multistakeholder organization that brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities; and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, feed, fiber and fuel production. 

On December 9, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Field to Market a Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant titled The Climate Smart Innovative Finance Initiative.  The award is anticipated to conclude on December 9, 2028.  To assist in performing the grant and complying with certain requirements, Field to Market requests proposals for legal support throughout the term of the grant. 

Proposal deadline: January 18, 2024

SEE RFP



01/13/24

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture™ seeks accounting support for their Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Award.

Field to Market Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture® is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization that brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities; and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, feed, fiber and fuel production.  

On December 9, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Field to Market a Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant titled The Climate Smart Innovative Finance Initiative.  The award is anticipated to conclude on December 9, 2028.  To assist it in performing the grant and complying with certain grant requirements, Field to Market requests proposals for accounting support throughout the term of the grant.   

Proposal deadline: January 18, 2024

SEE RFP



12/18/23

Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, located in New York's Hudson Valley, seeks to hire a web developer with proven expertise in website development, commitment to social justice, and experience working with nonprofits to work with their team to build a new and accessible organizational website. The primary purpose of their website redesign is to clearly articulate their programs and impact while ensuring their digital spaces are welcoming, inclusive, informative, and inspiring.

Goals for the new website include:

• Communicating Glynwood's organizational mission and values

• Define and nurture the audience journey

• Improved design and user experience

• Concise and well-organized navigation

• Showcase expertise in regional food system development

The updated website should also host a sophisticated online ‘shop’ that can serve multiple event and product needs, including selling event tickets and farm products such as CSA shares.

Proposals reviewed on a rolling basis through January 19, 2024

SEE RFP



12/12/23

USDA-FNS has released a Request for Applications (RFA), which announces the availability of funds for a cooperative agreement.

This funding opportunity will support research projects to better understand and generate information related to the school foodservice workforce focused on dimensions such as worker satisfaction, workforce experience, and training and development.

Relevant research activities may include, but are not limited to providing information on career pathways for the school foodservice workforce, including training and skill-building opportunities, promotion potential, and tenure/retention within individual employers and the industry as a whole; identifying skills used on the job by role, including analysis of transferability of skills to other industries; identifying level of worker satisfaction and describe workplace conditions (perception and objective measures); and examining how any of the above vary across roles, demographics, school/school food authority (SFA) characteristics, and geography. 

Applications due: February 9, 2024

SEE RFA



Trends in Community Food Systems Consultancy Work


We have decided to keep past-due RFP's posted for one year beyond their due date.

While these opportunities are no longer open for application, they help us all see trends in this quickly evolving work and better understand the diverse and complex skills sets needed by communities leading this work.

RFPs Past Due



12/27/23

The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) works to unify the grape wine industry through collaborative research efforts.

The foundation invites research proposals for the 2024-2025 cycle for efforts that address the industry’s top research priorities. The industry research priority themes are broad, interdisciplinary, and oriented toward fostering the development of industry deliverables from the research effort.

AVF is increasing its emphasis on outreach and education to facilitate rapid adoption of new knowledge, practices, and technology by grape and wine producers.  This will include: 1) consideration of objectives in research proposals that contain a budgeted information transfer component (principal investigators may consider inclusion of extension educators as co-PI’s or cooperators); and 2) a separate review category for projects that are specifically designed to address education and outreach needs. Each proposal received by the AVF will be evaluated by a mix of industry and scientific reviewers in one of the following disciplines: breeding and genetics, cultural practices, disease and pest management, enology, and outreach and education.

Proposal deadline: January 31, 2024

SEE RFP



12/18/23

Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, located in New York's Hudson Valley, seeks to hire a web developer with proven expertise in website development, commitment to social justice, and experience working with nonprofits to work with their team to build a new and accessible organizational website. The primary purpose of their website redesign is to clearly articulate their programs and impact while ensuring their digital spaces are welcoming, inclusive, informative, and inspiring.

Goals for the new website include:

• Communicating Glynwood's organizational mission and values

• Define and nurture the audience journey

• Improved design and user experience

• Concise and well-organized navigation

• Showcase expertise in regional food system development

The updated website should also host a sophisticated online ‘shop’ that can serve multiple event and product needs, including selling event tickets and farm products such as CSA shares.

Proposals reviewed on a rolling basis through January 19, 2024

SEE RFP



12/12/23

USDA-FNS has released a Request for Applications (RFA), which announces the availability of funds for a cooperative agreement.

This funding opportunity will support research projects to better understand and generate information related to the school foodservice workforce focused on dimensions such as worker satisfaction, workforce experience, and training and development.

Relevant research activities may include, but are not limited to providing information on career pathways for the school foodservice workforce, including training and skill-building opportunities, promotion potential, and tenure/retention within individual employers and the industry as a whole; identifying skills used on the job by role, including analysis of transferability of skills to other industries; identifying level of worker satisfaction and describe workplace conditions (perception and objective measures); and examining how any of the above vary across roles, demographics, school/school food authority (SFA) characteristics, and geography. 

Applications due: February 9, 2024

SEE RFA



12/05/23

The City of East Providence, Rhode Island, is seeking a qualified consultant (or consultant team) to conduct a feasibility study on the conversion of a former municipal elementary school building into a small business incubator.

BACKGROUND:

The City of East Providence is seeking to develop a feasibility study on the conversion of the former Oldham Elementary School building into a multiuse small business, blue economy, and arts incubator that will be centered on the creation of jobs through business startups and providing a network and important business resources that will ensure a greater level of long-term success for these small businesses.

The study will examine the overall feasibility of the incubator model and, based on the results of the feasibility analysis, will develop a plan of action that will lead to the development of a facility that supports the business needs identified within the feasibility analysis. The initial position of the City, based on independent research conducted to date, identifies the need for specialized food production needs that are not currently being captured by the existing food incubation spaces in the state, including baking, gluten-free designated production spaces, and food packaging spaces, an arts –based business incubation space, and blue economy industries (renewable energy, aquaculture, seabed extractive activities and marine biotechnology and bioprospecting.) The feasibility study will also determine if and how these proposed industries can/will support each other and via proximity, cross-pollinate these separate parts and create a greater whole.

Proposals due: December 20, 2023 

SEE ANNOUNCEMENT



11/27/23

The Good Food Collective is seeking proposals from qualified individuals or organizations to develop a comprehensive County Food System Plan, including a landscape assessment of policy and regulatory options for La Plata County, Colorado.

This plan will provide a roadmap for addressing food insecurity, promoting sustainable agriculture, and improving access to healthy, locally sourced food within our community, while also considering relevant policies, regulations, and related infrastructure.

Applications due: January 1, 2024

SEE RFP



11/21/23

The Wallace Center created the Value Chain Coordination Community of Practice (VCC CoP) to create a space for people building local and regional value chains to learn from each other, share best practices, and build relationships. Wallace created the group in 2021, and since then it's grown to nearly 500 members. Wallace hosts a monthly call series for the CoP with a keen emphasis on creating relationships. They've covered topics like measuring and capturing success, accessing federal grants, the role of VCC in government agencies, and creating trusting partnerships.

Until now, the Wallace Center team has designed and facilitated these conversations and they are now seeking an external facilitator who can help plan and host these calls in partnership with their team. They seek a facilitator with experience designing and hosting interactive, virtual group calls that are engaging, accessible, and build relationships. The ideal facilitator has the capacity to dedicate to this effort, an understanding of food systems work in the US, and a strong ability to work independently and collaborate with Wallace Center staff.

Applications due: November 30, 2023

SEE RFP



11/21/23 

Think Equity seeks a contractor to support their Clinics Advancing Health Equity (CAHE) project, funded by The Colorado Health Foundation. The contractor will work closely with the Project Manager, Assistant Project Manager, and CAHE project team to provide training and technical assistance to selected health clinics in Colorado serving rural and low-income populations.

The DEI/Racial Equity Coach will be responsible for administering a baseline assessment to selected clinics, analyzing the data, and developing clinic profiles with recommendations for a technical assistance plan. The coach will work with their selected clinic through three phases: Assessment (6 months), Technical Assistance/Coaching (12 months), and Sustainability (6 months). The engagement with each clinic will last a total of two years.

Positions will be filled by: December 22, 2023.

SEE RFP



11/16/23

The Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) seeks a consultant to connect its network of clients with buyer and market matchmaking to increase local food procurement. The Goal of their project is increasing farm and food business profitability, viability and sustainability through market matchmaking. This consultancy position will act as a liaison to brokers and buyers of New York products and will report to, and work directly with, CADE’s Value Chain and Marketing specialist, Kaitlyn Sirna. 

The primary objectives are to:

1) Enhance CADE's network of buyers who value purchasing local and New York sourced, regeneratively produced, and other value-based purchasing;

2) Map buyers’ procurement needs in 12 key areas (e.g., product specs, required certifications, min volume, delivery expectations, etc.) to facilitate ‘smart’ matches between buyers and producers

3) Provide an analysis of buyer landscape and demand for produce, products, value-propositions and other.

Proposals due: December 15, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 11/15/23 

The Organic Farmers Association (OFA) is launching Farmers Circles, a pilot program of intentional, intimate spaces of collective care where farmers come together to find connection, support, and inspiration. With this, they are looking to hire 5 remote facilitators for the following farmer circles:

* Black Farmer Circle

* Indigenous Farmer Circle

* Latinx Farmer Circle (Spanish fluency is required; Circle participants will determine whether or not the Circle is conducted in Spanish or English.)

* Queer Farmer Circle

* Asian Farmer Circle

Timeline:  November 2023-November 2024, with an opportunity to extend the contract period.

Compensation: This role includes monthly meetings, either with the farmer circle or facilitator group, estimated at 4-5 hours/ month to cover the farmer circle gathering, planning, reporting, and outreach.  Compensation is: $2,640/yr. Kindly note that every Circle should be led by an individual who resonates with the Circle's specific purpose.

SEE POSITION DESCRIPTION



posted 11/9/23

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture is soliciting proposals from qualified project management firms or individuals to conduct a feasibility study and write a comprehensive report about the establishment of a shared headquarters for food-focused nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC. The envisioned shared headquarters would include essential facilities such as refrigerated storage, lockers, communal & private workspace, a commercial kitchen (if feasible), and a flash freezing operation (if feasible). The study will assess the viability of this initiative, considering real estate options, stakeholder engagement, financial feasibility, and potential partnerships.

Proposals due: November 15, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 11/4/23

No Kid Hungry’s Early Childhood Systems team shared an RFP for a consultant to conduct a comprehensive landscape analysis and create an Early Childhood Systems strategy that will inform our internal knowledge base. The comprehensive landscape analysis will highlight 1) early childhood & food programs/policies, 2) promising practices for maximizing access to federal food programs, 3) federal funding opportunities & sustainable resources, and 4) prevailing opportunities & lessons learned at the intersection of early childhood & food insecurity. The strategy will include innovative and bold recommendations to advance access to local & federal food resources and will include an emphasis on engaging rural communities, tribal & indigenous communities, immigrant & refugee communities, and communities disproportionately impacted by food insecurity.

Proposals due: November 30, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 11/4/23

King County and King Conservation District, WA, have launched a process working with community stakeholders that will result in a new Local Food Initiative Strategy and re-framing of the Regional Food System Program for their region. As part of the process, they are looking for a consultant(s) to support the project on community engagement and plan/policy development.

A contract will be awarded based on the RFP evaluation criteria including ability to meet stated requirements, inclusive community engagement and policy/plan approach, budget, and additional factors detailed in the RFP. Send proposals to mary.embleton@kingcd.org.

Proposals due: November 17, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 10/17/23

The City of Santa Clarita, CA, seeks to contract for goat grazing services. The goal of the proposed project is to development goat grazing services in specific open space areas for fire mitigation purposes. The City would like enter into agreements with one or more goat-grazing Contractors to develop an ongoing program for reducing fuel levels in the mature undisturbed native open space.

Proposals due: November 15, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 10/17/23

The Rhode Island Food Policy Council seeks a contractor to produce monthly newsletters and support web-based communications and updates. This contractor reports to the Engagement Manager.

Bids should be made for a trial period of 6 months. They anticipate the maximum total amount available for this contract will be $12,000.

Proposals due: October 24, 2023

Send bids directly to allison@rifoodcouncil.org with Newsletter Writing and Digital Communications Support Contractor in the subject line.

SEE RFP



posted 10/16/23

Virginia Fresh Match is looking for a graphic designer to produce for its network: a new logo; new marketing material templates influenced by this new logo, fonts, and color palette; signs; banners;  posters/flyers; rack cards; social media postings; brochure; presentation; graphic elements for use on website. These templates should be simple to customize and print so they can be accessible to all levels of users. We expect to share these templates with our outlets in Canva.com.

Work will be conducted remotely, with a team is located across Virginia and North Carolina.

They are looking to begin information gathering meetings between the designer and VFM team before Nov. 1, with drafts ready for feedback by Dec. 1, and final deliverables by Jan. 1.

Proposals due: October 23, 2023

Email resume, examples of relevant past work, proposed budget, and cover letter to Virginia Fresh Match Network Director Lanae Hood at lanae@virginiafreshmatch.org by Monday, Oct. 23.

SEE RFP



posted 10/3/23

The City of New Bedford, MA, Purchasing Department, in conjunction with the City of New Bedford’s Department of Environmental Stewardship is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide Brownfields to Healthfields Consulting Services. 

A key component of this Brownfield Multi-Purpose Grant will be a Health Impact Assessment to inform the public and decision makers when policies, plans, programs, and projects in a range of sectors have the potential to significantly impact human health.

In addition to this Brownfields grant, the Old Bedford Village Development Corporation, a non-profit community-based advocacy organization requested assistance in 2020 from the EPA through the Local Foods, Local Places program to develop an action plan for promoting local food systems and healthy, walkable, economically vibrant communities. The City intends to support the outcomes of the Local Foods, Local Places Community Action Plan through this Multi-Purpose Grant. 

Proposals due: October 6, 2023 

SEE RFP



posted 10/3/23

The Northern Colorado Foodshed Project is seeking an External Evaluator for its 2021 USDA RFSP grant for the Poudre Food Partnership (PFP). This role will be a three-month contract where the Evaluator work will encompass data analysis of grant programs, program and partner evaluations, and contribute to the Food Systems Action Plan for Northern Colorado.

This contracted, temporary position is ideal for someone looking for part-time work with a flexible schedule as well as someone familiar with food system work. The Northern Colorado Foodshed Project is an exciting initiative that aims to improve food access and support local food systems. If you are passionate about food justice and community development, we encourage you to apply.

SEE ANNOUNCEMENT



posted 9/27/23

The County of Kane, Illinois, is soliciting proposals to provide professional services supporting the launch of a new pilot program, the Kane County Food and Agriculture Accelerator. This program is being developed to provide business training and technical assistance for food-growing operations and supportive technology companies that sustain Kane County’s local food ecosystem. The program will also act in response to food insecurity and health inequities that persist in Kane County’s urban areas. The goal of the Accelerator is to support the growth of urban area farms and agriculture technology companies while improving local food access in Low-Income Low-Access (LILA) communities.

Contact: Tony Sperkowski, purchasing@co.kane.il.us

Proposals due: October 25, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 9/20/23

Rhode Island Commerce Corporation has requested proposals for Measuring Local Food Sales in Rhode Island. 

The Corporation seeks proposals from qualified contractors for state level data collection on local food consumption and purchases as part of a Local Food Counts Study. As part of Rhode Island’s Food Strategy, Relish Rhody, and a regional effort to achieve 30% regional food consumption from New England states by 2030, a local food count will provide essential data to understand the production and consumption of food in the Rhode Island economy.  

Proposals due: September 26, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 9/19/23

Wayne County, PA, has requested bids for a Food Locker Pilot Program. Sealed proposals will be accepted for climate controlled refrigerated and frozen locker systems and supporting software and operating systems. These lockers will be used by multiple agencies/businesses to address food access challenges throughout this rural county.

Sealed bids must be marked Food Locker Project. The details of the proposed project can be obtained by request to Vicky Botjer, CFO @ vbotjer@waynecountypa.gov. 

Proposals due: September 27, 2023.

SEE BID POSTING



posted 9/19/23

Through this opportunity, New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) aims to advance racial health equity through two strategies of its Healthy Food, Healthy Lives program: 

(1) promoting Food Is Medicine interventions, and 

(2) supporting healthier, culturally responsive food purchasing.

They seek to support organizations led by and supporting communities of color to implement community-driven projects informed by and responsive to community needs.

Letters of Inquiry due: October 23, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 9/10/23

The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and their Small Farm Technology Hub is pleased to announce this Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek qualified contractors for a comprehensive needs assessment project aimed at advancing technology adoption among small-scale farmers within the five counties encompassed by the Fresno-Merced Future of Food Innovation (F3) Initiative: Fresno, Merced, Madera, Kings, and Tulare, California.

The Small Farm Technology Hub at CAFF will house this assessment and aims to use it as a  guiding document to inform how their services can best support farmers with identifying appropriate technologies for their businesses. CAFF’s primary constituents are family farmers.

Proposals due: September 14, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 8/31/23

Land Stewardship Project seeks to contract a Family Farm Breakfast Organizer to organize the 2024 Family Farm Breakfast, which brings over 300 people together as the beginning of LSP’s annual Lobby Day. The event is currently planned for Thursday, March 7, 2024. This includes logistic coordination, fundraising, food procurement, collaboration with the chef(s), volunteer recruitment and coordination, and other activities as capacity allows. 

LSP seek to do work that ensures that the health of the land is enhanced, small- and mid-sized farms thrive, communities are prosperous, and true democracy flourishes. The mission of the Land Stewardship Project is to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture, and to develop healthy communities. 

Application reviews start: September 25, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 8/28/2023

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers / the Coalition) is in search of a Phone Banker and Technical Assistant, to make calls to potential USDA 22007 Discrimination Financial Assistance Program applicants, and to assist applicants in applying or connecting with other cooperators, and with local support offices as appropriate. 

This USDA program is a one-time and time bound resource, and thus quick and efficient execution of requested services will be essential. The 22007 program is designed for eligible farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to January 2021.

The National Young Farmers Coalition is one of eight (8) cooperators working together and with USDA on the program’s implementation. Our role as an organization is to facilitate awareness and understanding of the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program among producers in our network, and to ensure producers have access to resources and technical assistance services to ensure completion of application, as appropriate.

Application deadline: August 30, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 8/28/2023

Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) seeks proposals for a contracted Curriculum Writer to compile, organize, and write a curriculum for its Market Manager Certificate Program. 

The Market Manager Certification Program is a voluntary program designed by MIFMA in 2011 to encourage farmers market managers to pursue leadership skills and professional development on topics essential to market management. Market managers are recognized with a certificate upon completion of the full program that acknowledges the market manager is a trained professional.

The Curriculum Writer will work with MIFMA staff to organize and write the curriculum based on the content and resources MIFMA has developed over the twelve-year span of the program. They expect the work product to include one text document communicating to future program facilitators how to present the course content (graphic design of the document is optional and would need to adhere to MIFMA’s design and brand standards).

Proposal accepted until: September 29, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 8/28/2023

Share Our Strength seeks an evaluator to conduct a research project investigating its Nutrition in Housing (NIH) pilot program. The overarching goal of its NIH pilot is to establish a sustainable and replicable model that can be implemented across major housing developer’s affordable housing communities to support food security for families with children. The primary objective of the research project is to determine if the NIH model improves the food environment, with a secondary objective of understanding how the model works and what elements of the program contribute to outcomes. 

Proposal deadline: September 29, 2023

SEE RRP



posted 8/25/2023

GrowNYC has received funding from the USDA AMS Local Food Promotion Program for a project Diversifying the Next Generation of Wholesale Suppliers and Buyers to partner with an organization working on food access at the neighborhood level. GrowNYC's goal is to expand access to local source-identified food in the South Bronx, especially food grown by BIPOC farmers. 

Subaward funding will support one organization on a project during the grant performance period of Sept 30, 2023 - Sept 29, 2025 on a project that meets the grant objectives of increasing access to affordable, fresh local foods in the South Bronx sourced from participating GrowNYC partner farms.

Apply here.

Application deadline: August 31, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 8/15/2023

Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS) in Madison, Wisconsin, has put out a Call for Talent for:

Writer: The Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS) seeks to hire a skilled writer to craft scripts for 10 to 12 educational short videos on organic agriculture topics. Anyone with a talent for writing and communicating technical content in an interesting and engaging way is encouraged to submit a proposal. You do not need to have written scripts before. If you can write funny, engaging content while paying attention to detail and accuracy, translating wonky technical language into something that is digestible and entertaining, then this is the project for you! Proposal deadline: Aug 20, 2023.

Actor: The Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS) seeks to hire a skilled actor to appear as the host in a series of 10 to 12 educational short videos on organic agriculture topics. The actor will work closely with the National Program Director, Videographer, and Script Writer. We are looking for someone who can bring an irreverent sense of humor to communicate technical content in an interesting and engaging way on camera. We are seeking an actor who can bring confidence, accuracy, and entertainment to the delivery of the performance. Application deadline: Aug 20, 2023.

SEE CALL FOR TALENT



posted 8/9/2023

Kansas State University seeks proposals from qualified proposers to meet the University's requirements during the contract term for organizational consulting services in support of the Rural Grocery Initiative (RGI) located in Manhattan, Kansas. 

(Bid opportunity notices, awards, and a free preview of the bid documents are available on the RFP site free of charge without registration. Please note, some documents may be secured and you will be required to register for the bid to download and view the documents. There is no cost to obtain an unsecured version of the document and /or to participate in this solicitation.)

Proposals are accepted until September 15, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 8/7/2023

The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development has released a request for qualifications for a LMLG Local Food Supply Chain Feasibility Study.

Loudoun County in Virginia has been awarded a grant through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. The goal of the grant-funded project is to increase production of, and access to, Loudoun farm products.

The objective of this phase of the grant is to conduct a feasibility study to understand the existing relationships between Loudoun growers and their clients, gaps in the marketplace, potential opportunities. and a set of clear strategies in wholesale contracts with public/private institutions and businesses that will increase Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown (LMLG) Supplier production and increase opportunities to sell existing product.

Responses are due August 11, 2023.

SEE REQUEST



posted 8/7/2023

The Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS) seeks to hire facilitators for the Organic Field Crop Course, a training program for advisors, consultants, agronomists, and agricultural professionals on the art and science of organic field crop production. The course facilitator will serve as the main point of contact for the course participants, organize and host six 2-hour live sessions on zoom, and monitor participant progress through the self-paced materials.

Proposals will be accepted until August 13, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 8/7/2023

The Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS) seeks to hire a skilled writer to craft scripts for 10 to 12 educational short videos on organic agriculture topics. The writer will work closely with the National Program Director, Videographer, and a team of subject matter experts.

The writer will transform outlines of technical content prepared by subject matter experts into 10 to 12, two to four minute engaging educational videos. The scripts will contain the dialogue, descriptions and ideas for visuals/graphics/images/explanatory text, actions/motion that is happening on screen, and cited sources.

Proposals will be accepted until August 20, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 7/27/2023

GrowNYC Wholesale has announced an RFP opportunity to help identify a South Bronx organization to partner with as a value chain coordinator/microhub. 

GrowNYC has received funding from the USDA AMS Local Food Promotion Program for a project "Diversifying the Next Generation of Wholesale Suppliers and Buyers" to partner with organizations working on food access at the neighborhood level to drive demand for local food in underserved communities, especially food grown by BIPOC farmers. 

As part of this initiative, GrowNYC Wholesale is soliciting applications from organizations to operate innovative programming to increase access to affordable, farm fresh local foods in South Bronx.

Subaward funding will support one organization to help with capacity building, promoting the use of seasonal and local foods sourced from participating GrowNYC partner farms, and achieving long-term program viability.

Proposals will be accepted until August 31, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 7/3/2023

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) seeks to hire a consultant to evaluate the projected outcomes of federal and food company incentive programs for conservation practice adoption. The consultant will work with the EDF team to leverage industry connections, academic literature, knowledge databases, and other relevant resources to assess acreage engaged in cover cropping and conservation tillage programs across the United States. 

Proposals are due July 14, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 6/21/2023

The Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance (SOFSA) seeks a consultant to work with SOFSA’s membership and leadership to weave together existing plans with the interests and perspectives of the network’s many stakeholders to create a five-year strategic action plan for the partnership.

Proposals are due July 14, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 6/20/2023

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) aims to provide an up-to-date overview of existing and emerging carbon pricing instruments that capture the external costs of agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by putting an explicit price on GHG emissions. This initiative will investigate trends surrounding the intersection of the agricultural sector and the development and implementation of emissions trading systems (ETSs), voluntary carbon crediting mechanisms, and implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.  

One focus of the analysis will be how global crediting mechanisms align with high-impact climate solutions, which EDF identified through a meta-analysis of peer-reviewed literature.  EDF is seeking analytical, writing, and design support to develop this content to educate policy makers, NGOs, and corporate stakeholders, both within and outside the food and agriculture industry. 

Proposals are due June 30, 2023

SEE RFP



posted 6/4/2023

The City of Kingston, in New York’s Hudson Valley, has just released an RFP to hire a consultant or team of consultants to help it develop a Food System Plan. 

The goal of this plan is to provide a blueprint for how the City of Kingston can support strengthening its local food system by improving resilience, addressing food insecurity, and increasing access to nutritionally dense foods through actions specific to the municipality and/or through collaborative action with its local community partners.

Please share with any consultants or team of consultants you think would be interested in applying. 

Proposals are due July 5, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 5/20/2023

The Lake Michigan School Fund Systems Innovation Hub seeks a Consultant to Support Integration of a Grants Application and Management Platform into Salesforce for the Lake Michigan School Food Systems Innovation Hub.

Ghe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) School Food System Transformation Challenge seeks to transform school food systems through innovative practices that increase student access to healthy meals. Led by the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI), the Lake Michigan School Food Systems Innovation Hub (Innovation Hub) will implement the USDA Challenge to spark innovation and strengthen the Lake Michigan K-12 food system to improve schools’ access to nutritious, local, and culturally relevant products in Illinois, Michigan, Northern Indiana, and Wisconsin. As part of this initiative, IPHI is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to help integrate Force.com’s grant application and management tool into the existing IPHI Salesforce platform and build two applications into the system. 

Proposals are due by May 25, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 5/20/2023

The Lake Michigan School Fund Systems Innovation Hub seeks a Consultant to Lead a Request for Application Process for Lake Michigan School Food Systems Innovation Hub.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) School Food System Transformation Challenge seeks to transform school food systems through innovative practices that increase student access to healthy meals. Led by the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI), the Lake Michigan School Food Systems Innovation Hub (Innovation Hub) will implement the USDA Challenge to spark innovation and strengthen the Lake Michigan K-12 food system to improve schools’ access to nutritious, local, and culturally relevant products in Illinois, Michigan, Northern Indiana, and Wisconsin. As part of this initiative, IPHI is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to support the development of a Sub-Grantee Request for Application (RFA) process and materials. The consultant will support IPHI and partners in developing an innovative and user-friendly grant application and accompanying materials. The partners leading the Lake Michigan School Food Systems Innovation Hub will collectively identify and make awards to local and regional collaboratives to strengthen and adapt the food system to enable schools to serve their students culturally relevant, delicious foods that align with current USDA Transitional Standards, as well as future meal pattern iterations.

Proposals are due by May 25, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 5/20/2023

The Lake Michigan School Fund Systems Innovation Hub seeks a Communications and Website Development Marketing, Communications, [and/or] Website Development Consultant.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) School Food System Transformation Challenge seeks to transform school food systems through innovative practices that increase student access to healthy meals. Led by the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI), the Lake Michigan School Food Systems Innovation Hub (Innovation Hub) will implement the USDA Challenge to spark innovation and strengthen the Lake Michigan K-12 food system to improve schools’ access to nutritious, local, and culturally relevant products in Illinois, Michigan, Northern Indiana, and Wisconsin. As part of this initiative, IPHI is seeking proposals from qualified consultants/companies to support the development and dissemination of communications and marketing materials to key audiences that promote sub-grant opportunities and share resources and success stories. Additionally, IPHI is seeking proposals from qualified consultants/companies to help develop and launch an Innovation Hub website that meets USDA and federal law compliance requirements and is accessible, user-friendly, and well-designed. As many communications and marketing firms also provide website development services, IPHI is open to having one contractor fulfill both scopes of work or having two contractors work to address each scope of work (communications/ marketing as one, and website development/launch as the other), with IPHI working with each to align efforts. 

Proposals are due by May 25, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 5/20/23

RAFI-USA seeks Farm Advocacy Training Video contractor. RAFI-USA conducted and recorded 23 training sessions with lead farm advocate, comprising approximately 35-40 hours of training footage and accompanying casework documents. The trainings addressed topics organically as they came up in casework, and are not organized by topic. RAFI-USA is seeking a contractor who will work closely with the RAFI-USA Farm Advocacy team to index, organize, and edit this content (and find/record additional content as needed to fill in gaps) into no more than seven topic-specific video modules - with accompanying documentation - for use in training future farm advocates. These video training modules will be used to train new farm advocates at RAFI-USA and beyond in the movement. The budget for the successful completion of this project is $30,000, based on an estimate of 700 hours of work for the project over 7 months before the end of 2023. This work is remote and should not require travel.

Deadline not listed.

SEE RFP



posted 5/19/23

Cooking Matters seeks an evaluator to conduct an impact evaluation of its new premier curriculum, Cooking Matters Core. Cooking Matters Core is designed to help organizations and implementers reach parents and caregivers with dynamic content about purchasing and preparing foods that meet nutrition, budget, and personal needs. The evaluation should test Cooking Matters Core’s impact on purchasing and preparing foods that meet nutrition, budget, and personal needs. The evaluation design of Cooking Matters Core should align with SNAP-Ed’s research-tested approach. 

Send proposals and questions to: Catherine Cleary at ccleary@strength.org with subject line Cooking Matters Core Evaluation: [Insert Organization Name]

Budget for the evaluation: $100,000 - $200,000

Desired start date: July 6, 2023

Desired completion date: March 1, 2024

Proposals are due  June 9, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 4/3/23

The City of Rochester is seeking Proposals from qualified respondents to help develop a Community Food System Plan. Professional services are needed to conduct research and mapping/data analysis, gather widespread community and stakeholder input, develop a comprehensive baseline inventory/assessment of the food environment and food flows across the city, identify resources and unmet needs, and develop recommendations to inform City data, planning, policy, partnerships, and initiatives related to improving healthy food access and resilience.

The City seeks to retain a Consultant or team of Consultants with experience helping other communities plan for healthy food system access and resilience, particularly Consultants that have worked in racially and ethnically diverse communities with significant challenges related to poverty, food insecurity, and diet-related chronic disease. The Consultant/s should also have experience with successfully engaging a wide variety of community members, food system actors, and other stakeholders in the development of food system plans.

Proposals are due  May 9, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 4/3/23

The Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Division of the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking applications from a diverse group of agencies interested in helping older adults maintain their quality of life through access to quality and nourishing foods that support healthy aging.

The Culturally Nourishing Foods for Older Adults Request for Proposal (RFP) is competitive and open to any legally constituted entities that meet the standard HSD Agency Minimum Eligibility Requirements and any additional requirements outlined in Section IV of the Guidelines. The Culturally Nourishing Foods for Older Adults RFP invests in food and meals, food access, and social engagement. Organizations may apply for one or more strategies. All funded organizations may be required to participate in an evaluation process to determine the efficacy of the program.

Proposals are due April 12, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 3/22/23

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) in Idaho is seeking a comprehensive approach to food sourcing to include food procurement, menu management software, food services consultation, dietitian services, and reduced food costs.

Currently, ACSO serves over 3,500 meals per day with the requirement that meals meet Idaho Sheriff’s Association Standards, National Commission on Correctional Health Care standards, and other dietary standards for individuals with medically ordered or restrictive diets. The Sheriff’s Office desires to manage its own food service system which includes staffing, all decisions on food delivery, and providing food for jail staff. "ASCO believes the safe operation of the jail is reliant upon a food service program where food is high quality, presented well, and has good flavor so that it is appealing."

Proposals are due  March 31, 2023.

SEE RFP



posted 3/22/23

The State of Tennessee Department of Agriculture is requesting proposals for Digital Marketing Strategies for the Pick Tennessee Products Program. 

Pick Tennessee Products has been a part of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture for more than 30 years.

Proposals are due April 3, 2023.


SEE RFP



posted 3/9/23

The newly forming Oregon Farm to Institution Collaborative (OFIC) is requesting proposals for a Consultant.

Health Care Without Harm, the fiscal agent for this grant, invites proposals from qualified consultants/firms to lay the groundwork for the formation of the Oregon Farm to Institution Collaborative by working with the OFIC Organizing Team on a recruitment process and decision-making structure, as well as facilitating specific activities with OFIC members once the collaborative is convened.

Proposals are due Tuesday, March 14, 2023.


SEE RFP



posted 3/9/23

Common Grain Alliance is seeking proposals for a Strategic Equity Consultant to support the alliance's efforts to build an equitable marketplace for regional grains and staple foods in the Mid-Atlantic. 

Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 14th at 11:59PM EST.


SEE RFP


posted 3/7/23

FASST—Food Access and Support Services Team, funded by the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), seeks to contact an External Evaluator.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (MOWCM), Moveable Feast (M Feast), Maryland Food
Bank and Benefits Data Trust (together, the Coalition) are collaborating on a project with the
University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), known as FASST to improve health equity for
patients of UMMS by providing nutrition and other support services that positively impact the
social determinants of health through a technology platform developed by the Coalition, UMMS
and the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Patients (CRISP). 

This is a three-year grant funded project. Years I & II will focus on project development, process
evaluation, and outcome development with Year III focused on outcome measurement. Proposals are due March 14, 2023.


SEE RFP



posted 1/25/23
Produce Perks Midwest (PPM) seeks a contractor to provide review of and recommendations on data collection and evaluation for an USDA Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) funded Produce Prescription (PPR) project.

The Evaluation Consultant (EC) will be responsible for guiding the development of a project evaluation plan in collaboration with project partners, and provide mentorship and training to PPM staff to develop data collection tools and activities for participating project health care providers, patients and partners that yield relevant and robust data for evaluation to project goals. Subsequently, the EC will review data and provide guidance on evaluation approaches to analyze and distill findings and review evaluation conducted by PPM staff. Proposals are due February 17, 2023.

SEE RFP


posted 1/18/23
The Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions)(isedsolutions.org) has fiscal sponsorship via TSNE (tsne.org) in Boston, MA. For over 18 years, ISED has delivered training and technical assistance services (T&TA) to refugee-serving agencies nationwide that work with refugee small farmers - providing outreach, agricultural training resources, and technical information. ISED hosts a national refugee farming listserv, a website, sponsors national conferences, and provides a variety of T&TA services via USDA grants and other resources. 

This is a Consultant role.  The overall roles of the Website Designer and Manager is planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, and upgrading or rebuilding the organization's website.

SEE RFP



posted 1/18/23
The Claneil Foundation is a small family foundation in Plymouth Meeting, PA, that seeks to hire a communications consultant to assist with its on-going internal and website communication needs for a one-year contract with the possibility of renewal. The mission of the Claneil Foundation is to improve   the health of families and communities through advancements in health and human services, a sustainable food system, education and the protection of the environment. The Foundation provides general operating grants in the Philadelphia area, and awards seed funding to emerging projects and organizations that have the potential for significant impact in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Proposals are due Friday, February 17, 2023. 



posted 1/10/23
The Bainum Family Foundation, located in Bethesda, MD, is seeking a consultant on behalf of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' (COG) Food and Agriculture Regional Member Policy Committee to advance efforts of the Catalytic Opportunities Work Group. 

The Work Group seeks to outline the current condition for Black, Indigenous and Latino farmers as well as other farmers with a history of race-based social disadvantages in the metropolitan Washington region to build a body of evidence and drive policy recommendations.

More details can be found in the attached RFP. Proposals are due to vtreski@bainumfdn.org by Friday, January 27. They are happy to answer questions via email or set up time for further discussion.




posted 1/9/23

Better Cotton is looking for a consultant familiar with US labor regulations to review existing laws and enforcement measures and understand coverage and gaps as related to the Better Cotton standards. The standards apply to child labor, worker rights, worker health and
safety, and labor requirements specific to H2A workers.

The focus is on farm workers in the 17 states in the Cotton Belt: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Virginia.

Please find more information in the RFP link below (please disregard the UK location in the online listing!). Proposals are due January 20, 2023. Feel free to send any inquiries to karen.wynne@bettercotton.org.

SEE RFP