The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund

Catalyze Your Potential to Drive Impact

Take a bold step to enact systems-level change to ensure we’re making the best use of the food we grow with the ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund. 

Catalytic funding is a critical lever in the fight against food waste, and this 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.

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 rescue to recycling – and considers initiatives including but not limited to research, general operations, capacity-building, pilots, and convenings.

In addition to funding, ReFED is committed to supporting the applicants and grantees of the Catalytic Grant Fund whenever possible through non-financial support and 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

How To Apply

The Catalytic Grant Fund hosts a series of open calls – each with a particular thematic focus area where catalytic grant funding can have the greatest impact – through which grants will be distributed. We encourage all types of organizations with an initiative related to the Grant Fund’s current thematic focus area to apply for funding.

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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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