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Access to Healthy Foods MATCH Grant Application Available

Applications due Sept. 21

The Wellmark Foundation is now accepting applications for its Access to Healthy Foods Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) Grant. Applications are due Sept. 21. The Access to Healthy Foods MATCH Grant is for up to $50,000 and must be matched at 50 percent with cash or in-kind contributions. At least one-half of the matching support must be in cash.

“Good nutrition is a cornerstone to optimal health and well-being,” said Mary Lawyer, executive director for The Wellmark Foundation. “We are pleased to offer this grant opportunity focused on projects that make it easy for Iowans and South Dakotans to have greater access to healthy foods to eat.”

Examples of sustainable grants — projects that continue after The Wellmark Foundation grant funding ends — include but are not limited to:

  • Edible orchards and landscaping
  • Community gardens and greenhouses
  • Farm, field or garden-to-table projects
  • Mobile food pantry, food rescue, gleaning programs
  • Learning kitchens that provide cooking demonstrations and hands-on opportunities

Applications for the Access to Healthy Foods MATCH Grant are available online and must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2022. Successful applicants will be announced in December. The prospective grantee will have 12 weeks to demonstrate the match has been secured. Funding will be awarded in March 2023, and grantees will have until Dec. 31, 2025, to complete their projects. View the Request for Application to determine whether your organization and project are in alignment with the grant opportunity.

To view previous Wellmark Foundation MATCH grant recipients, visit For additional support, contact Wellmark Foundation staff at