The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund

Catalyze Your Potential to Drive Impact

In the U.S., 35% of food goes uneaten along the supply chain, generating the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as 58 million passenger vehicles driven for one year. The good news? Food waste is a solvable problem – but we need your help to do it.

The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund is a new initiative that’s providing nonprofit and for-profit organizations with up to a total of $20 million in recoverable and non-recoverable grants to de-risk and scale high-impact solutions to food waste. Whether you’re a solution provider or a funder – there’s a way to get involved.

We know that catalytic funding is a critical lever in the fight against food waste, and the ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund is designed to help organizations overcome system-level barriers, de-risk innovations, and solve agency problems – ultimately stimulating larger amounts of future funding from more traditional sources.

About the fund

The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund

Over its life, the ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund and and its grantees aim to have a significant impact on the diversion of food waste – resulting in the reduction of GHG emissions; the rescue of healthy, culturally-appropriate meals for those in need; and the saving of natural resources.

Ready to make an impact? Here's what you need to know...

The Grant Fund Aims
to Achieve $20M Grants over five years aiming to achieve

How The Fund Works

The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund distributes recoverable and non-recoverable grants to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations across the food waste solution spectrum – from prevention to food recovery to recycling – and will consider initiatives including but not limited to research, general operations, building capacity, pilots, and convenings.

In addition to funding, we're supporting the grantees and applicants of the Catalytic Grant Fund whenever possible through activities such as:

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Featuring organizations actively fundraising in ReFED’s Deal Flow Report for the Food Waste Funder Circle

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Making tailored introductions to other solution providers and prospective partners

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Providing feedback and thought partnership on strategy, initiatives, pitch presentations, etc.

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Amplifying the work of organizations through ReFED’s channels, including social media, the Capital & Innovation Market Update newsletter, speaking engagements, and the Food Waste Action Network

Open Calls

Explore our grant funding opportunities. We encourage all types of organizations with an initiative related to the Catalytic Grant Fund’s current thematic focus area to apply for funding.

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Thematic Focus Area

Consumer Food Waste

As a group, consumers are the largest generators of food waste, but it's not always easy for them to change wasteful behaviors. This first Open Call is focused on solutions and innovations in need of funding that can enable consumers to actively reduce their food waste at home — as well as in restaurant and foodservice settings — by making it obvious, affordable, and convenient. To bolster these solutions, the Catalytic Grant Fund seeks to support initiatives at a local, regional, and/or national level that include but aren’t limited to:


Targeted research or projects that identify actionable interventions for reducing consumer waste


Testing ways to reduce post-consumer plate waste – including managing portion sizes, the number one food waste opportunity as measured by GHG emissions avoidance and net financial benefit – in a way that makes the solution financially viable for businesses while successfully reducing wasted food


Developing technologies, prototyping concepts, or enhancing existing solutions that simplify food waste prevention and food donation for consumers, while being broadly available and affordable


Offering recycling solutions that make food waste diversion from landfills simple, convenient, and accessible for individuals in a way that supports proper management of the end product

The ultimate goal behind this thematic focus area is to get consumers to take action. To that end, broad consumer food waste education and awareness campaigns will not be considered for funding.

Applications for this Open Call are currently closed. Selected grantees will be notified on March 31, 2023.

Featured Grantees

The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund provides recoverable and non-recoverable grants to nonprofit and for-profit organizations to help de-risk and scale high-impact solutions to food waste. We're proud to support the following grantees:

Upcycled Food Association is a nonprofit focused on convening, connecting, and growing awareness of the power of upcycling to fight food waste.

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Food Recovery Network is a nonprofit growing their proven model of donation coordination and matching with a DEIJ lens.

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Hidden Gems is a for-profit business which offers a solution to recycle the 800M pounds per year of nutrient-rich avocado pits that currently go into landfill.

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Contribute to the ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund

We are deeply grateful to our anchor funder, Google, and all other donors who share our mission and vision for a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive food system. If you would like to learn more about the Fund and discuss a contribution, please email Alexandria Coari at [email protected] or enter your information in the form below.

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Stay Updated On The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund

We'll be sharing out regular updates on upcoming information sessions and open calls for grantees via email. To receive updates, please complete the form below. For media inquiries or general questions, please email us at [email protected]. Interested in contributing to the Catalytic Grant Fund? Please email Alexandria Coari at [email protected].

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