We are honored to work with nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada that are expanding access to fresh, healthy food and nutrition education.

Social Justice Learning Institute

Learn about what we look for in community partners, how to apply for a grant, and more…

We Fund:

  • Projects that will broaden access to fresh, healthy food and/or nutrition education
  • 501(c)3 nonprofits and organizations partnered with a 501(c)3 nonprofit
  • Locally led organizations (Not all Team Members, board members, and volunteers must be residents of the community served, but robust community representation is important.)
  • Organizations with strong community engagement that request and use feedback from their community
  • Programs focused on serving adults and/or older youth (ages 16-22)

We Do Not Fund:

  • Food Donation or Food Redistribution Programs (ex: food banks or food pantries). If you are requesting funding or donations related to hunger relief, like supporting food redistribution efforts, Whole Cities Foundation does not handle such requests. You can make a request directly to Whole Foods Market through its online portal.
  • Individuals
  • Fitness or Arts Programs
  • Programs primarily focused on children or based in schools. Our sister foundation, Whole Kids, offers a variety of grant programs that might be a better fit.

Projects We Support

Our partners lead many innovative solutions, but these are the most common:

To see examples of our partners’ work in action, please explore our blog.


How to Apply

We currently have 2 annual grant programs that are open to nonprofit organizations in Newark, NJ, and the Greater Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Our Newark Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant usually opens for applications in January or February, and our Englewood Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant usually opens for applications in June or July, but timing can shift depending on the priorities of each community. 

Our Community First Grant Program is initiated by Whole Foods Market Team Member recommendations and is not open for general applications. The Community First Grant follows the same set of guidelines as our place-based grants (please see above “We Fund/ We Do Not Fund”).

Submit your info to be part of our grant database to receive information on potential grant opportunities. 


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