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Between February 15th and March 15th, 2024, SOFSA is accepting proposals for food justice projects serving Syracuse, Onondaga County, and/or Onondaga Nation. To apply, visit:


Proposals selected as finalists will be advanced to community voting which will be open from April 4th-18th, 2024. To cast your vote, visit any Onondaga County Public Library branch during their open hours or visit:


To help continue community grantmaking efforts in years to come, please consider making a donation to the Plant A Seed for SOFSA campaign. For 2024, 75% of funds will be dedicated directly to the Food Justice Fund. Click here to make a donation.

About the Syracuse-Onondaga Food Justice Fund:
The Food Justice Fund is a community grantmaking project (sometimes called “participatory grantmaking”). That means that the final awardees of this fund will be selected by voting process that is open to any resident over the age of 14. The application process and selection criteria have been designed by the Food Justice Fund Leadership Council (FJFLC) – a diverse group of community leaders committed to building a more just and equitable food system in our region.

Thanks to the generous community of individuals as well as matching funds from the Onondaga County Agricultural Council and a grant from the NY Health Foundation, SOFSA will distribute $22,000 to local projects that empower community members of Syracuse, Onondaga County, and Onondaga Nation to foster understanding and collaboration to improve local food systems and accessibility for the benefit of everyone in the community.

Why Do We Invest in Community Grantmaking?

A core component of SOFSA’s mission is to align resources (not only monetary, but human, capital, equipment, land, etc.) across the network to maximize our collective impact. As part of this effort, the organization’s Fund Development Committee adopted principles of Community-Centric Fundraising in 2021 as part of SOFSA’s Equity and Justice Action Plan. In addition, the committee made a commitment to dedicate a minimum of 15% of funds from any grant or donation over $50k to support under-resourced partners across the network – and to encourage our well-resourced partners to undertake similar goals in their own fundraising practices. This commitment – and all of SOFSA’s work – is informed by health justice, the collective movement to heal society and remove barriers that prevent individual and community well-being.