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From the first drive in 1983, Food For The Hungry has had a singular mission and purpose.: to raise and disperse food and monetary contributions to needy individuals and families within Knox County, Ohio without discrimination of any kind.


In the years that the generosity of donations has exceeded our estimation, we have elected to fund more tangible projects after a secondary application process. Additionally, should sufficient funds be provided, we encourage applications for summer grants that are specific to projects and/or programs for families with children with nutritional needs that are typically filled by other sources during the school year. 


The Board of Directors of Food For The Hungry are committed to identifying projects that fulfill these missions. We invite funding proposals from organizations operating in Knox County that share that vision.  Grant seekers typically apply for projects and programs which are based on availability and upon a proposal’s merit measured against the following criteria: eligibility, adherence to FFTH’s priorities, and coordination of funding.  Each of these criteria are discussed in detail below. 


Types of Grants

All requests for funding must be approved by the FFTH Board of Directors and/or its designated Grants committee. Application applicants should be aware that grants are awarded on a competitive basis and that the deadline for submission of requests must be strictly observed. To expedite consideration of small grants and to provide adequate time for the review of major grants, two distinct application processes have been established.


Major Grants 

Applications (for more than $10,000) are invited once a year and must be received by the specified.


Small Grants

Applications (for $2,000 or less ) are invited once a year and must be received by the specified date.

Summer Grants 

Applications (for $2,000 or less ) are invited once a year and must be received by the specified date.



Grants are made to tax-exempt private agencies classified as 501(c) 3 organizations and who have been in operation for at least two years.  Prospective applicants are urged to contact Food For The Hungry before preparing an application if there is any question concerning eligibility as proof of eligibility must be provided to the foundation before grants are considered.


Certain projects and/or programs  are generally not eligible for funding, including but not limited to

—Routine operating or payroll expenses

—Projects and programs that are restricted to members of a particular faith community or that promote a specific religious doctrine

—To pay off any existing obligation, debt or liability 

—Any organization or agency that has not operated successfully for at least two full years

—Any organization that does not operate programs in Knox County, or for the benefit of Knox County residents


FFTH Priorities

The Board of Directors seeks to maximize its impact in the community and has adopted the following strategic priorities to guide its grant-making. Proposals that address one or more of these priorities have a greater likelihood of receiving funding.  They're listed here in no particular order of importance

—A project or program that encourages volunteer involvement among all ages

—A project or program that operates without consideration to race, religion, color, creed, sex or minority status while rendering services

—A project or program that is a collaborative effort among other nonprofit organizations in the community and will eliminate duplication of services. 

—A project or program which is likely to make a clear difference in the quantity of life for a substantial number of people 

—A project or program that seeks creative, innovative solutions 

—A project or program that demonstrates sustainability in the future


Coordination of Funding 

The Board of Directors prefers to support projects and programs in which it is NOT the sole funding source. 


Additional Information

—FFTH makes every attempt possible to fund a broad spectrum of needs throughout Knox County

—Incomplete proposals or proposals submitted after the due date ARE NOT eligible for consideration. FFTH may on occasion request an applicant to submit an addendum that addresses a particular question. It may also request to visit the site of a proposal prior to making its final determination.

—FFTH does not issue statements of explanation for applications they elect not to fund. Unsuccessful applicants who plan to submit a similar request for funds at a later date are urged to discuss FFTH’s application requirements and funding priorities with the Executive Director before resubmission.

—All successful applicants are required to appropriately acknowledge FFTH in their organization’s news releases, social media posts, internal publications, and any public announcements. 


Grant Acceptance Requirements

FFTH has both a fiduciary and a community responsibility to prudently manage the resources entrusted to it. Grantees share in this responsibility and are required to submit the Grant Follow Up report within 180 days of receiving their grant or the completion of their program or project whichever comes first. Failure to complete a Follow Up Report will result in ineligibility for future grants. 


How To Apply

Applicants are required to submit applications online by the specified date. Applications are located on the Grant Applications page at

Any further information is available by calling our Executive Director, Lisa Mazzari at 740.398.0569 or

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