Food Security Grant Program

The City will be using $50,000 in grant funds from East Bay Community Energy ( to address food security issues within the community. The funds will be provided to Union City based non-profits, community-based organizations, and social service providers who distribute food in the community to support and expand their operations and geographic reach. 

See below for grant requirements and link to the on-line application. The application window will open on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 9:00 am and close on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm.  For questions regarding the grant program or if you would like to receive a paper copy of the application, please contact Chris Valukas,  Senior Recreation Supervisor, at 510-675-5492 or via email at ChrisV@UnionCity.Org.

Program Information 

Grant Amount: Up to $10,000. Actual grant amounts shall be based on need and number of applications received.

Eligibility: Community based organizations and social service providers, including non-profit entities and churches, currently operating in Union City, who either directly distribute prepared meals or grocery food items to or operate food pantries that serve low income families and individuals. Priority will be given to entities who are utilizing funds to expand services to help a larger number of people within the City or to expand services to other areas of the City that are currently underserved.

What can funds be used for: Funds can be used to support operations, up to a 3 month period, including, but not limited to, purchasing additional food, non-grocery items, and equipment to support increased demand at existing food distribution sites; purchase of personal protective equipment/cleaning supplies; and hiring of temporary staff. Funds cannot be used for any expenses incurred prior to execution of funding agreement date.

Application Process: Applicants will be required to upload a description outlining the specific need, amount of grant requested, how grant will support current or expanded operations, and expense justification. For example, if grant will be used to hire temporary staff, then proposal will need to identify how the position supports operations, anticipated hourly wage of position(s), and number of hours anticipated to be worked per week.  If the grant will be used to purchase equipment, submit documentation of equipment cost including costs associated with delivery and installation. Applications will be reviewed by an internal City committee.

Applications Accepted Grants Awarded Funds Used By
September 30 – October 14, 2020 October, 2020 January, 2021