Food Security Grant

From The Oak Hill Fund

Established in April 2002, The Oak Hill Fund (OHF) promotes the well-being of mankind through effective and inspiring grantmaking. Their priority areas for funding include environmental causes and women's rights.

Type of Support


Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people's dietary needs as well as their food preferences.

Food security is built on three pillars:

  • Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis.
  • Food access: having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet.
  • Food use: appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care, as well as adequate water and sanitation.

The Oak Hill Fund believes that support of local food banks will improve food availability and access for those in need. By increasing the capacity of these organizations, their ability to feed those in need will increase and will ultimately provide a greater number of meals. We seek proposals to:

  • Provide support for food banks in central Virginia
  • Educate the public about the importance of locally-sourced food
  • Increase locally-sourced foods and services in the food supply chain


Organization's Location
Program Location
Organization Type
  • Grants for food banks are limited to the Thomas Jefferson Planning District (TJPD) in central Virginia. The TJPD includes the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Fluvanna County, Greene County, Louisa County, and Nelson County.
  • Grants for groups that establish and improve access to local foods, such as food cooperatives or food hubs are limited to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • The Oak Hill Fund prefers project-specific requests in lieu of requests for general operating support. 
  • The Oak Hill Fund supports overhead (administrative and fundraising expenses) required for the proposed project. Additional overhead, such as often established by colleges and universities, will not be considered.


Capital campaigns
Bricks and mortar projects (excluding clinics under the WRHRJ Program)
Books or films
Research projects
not specified


Step 1: Letter of Inquiry
Step 2: Full proposal (invite only)
Required Attachments
Letter of Inquiry (LOI)