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Application Process

Applications are now open and will be accepted until August 16, 2021.

Application Timeline for Each Award

Seed Grant Application

  • Application deadline: August 16, 2021 
  • Announcement of award recipients: October 2021

Growth Grants and Seeding The Future Grand Prize Applicants

  • Application deadline: August 16, 2021 
  • Finalists announced and finalist interviews held: November 2021 
  • Announcement of award recipients: January 2022

Application Materials

To apply for funding, applicants must submit:

  • Responses to the application questions
  • A project timeline and budget
  • Documents to verify their organizational status and financial standing:

U.S. based for-profit organizations must submit

  • Most recent financial statement that includes a budget and revenue (including disclosure of current levels of investment) 
  • Articles of incorporation 
  • Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN) 
  • Certificate of good standing, indicating that the business is properly registered with the state

U.S. based non-profit organizations must submit:

  • Most recent financial statement (audited financials preferred but not required) 
  • Most recent 990 
  • IRS letter of determination

Non-profit organizations based outside of the United States must submit:

  • Most recent financial statement (audited financials referred but not required) 
  • Documentation verifying that the applicant organization is currently registered as a non-profit organization (equivalent to a US 501(c)(3) public charity) in its country. Please note that IFT may follow up to request additional documentation to verify the applicant’s non-profit status.

To ensure equity and fairness in the review process, applicants must have completed all requested materials and submit them by the deadline indicated above. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

 

Review Process

The Challenge application review process for Seed Grant applicants is executed in three steps and in four steps for Growth Grant and Seeding The Future Grand Prize applicants. The first three steps are the same for all three awards. 

Eligibility Screen

  • This is a preliminary application vetting to ensure that each application meets the basic organizational and financial eligibility requirements for the Challenge. This includes a complete application, the applicant is an eligible organization, the applicant applied for the appropriate award level, and the applicant provided the required organizational and financial documentation.  
  • Each applicant will receive a pass or fail.  Applications that do not pass the eligibility screening will not advance.

Initial Content Screen
During the Initial Content Screen, reviewers will assess and score the quality of each application based on the following criteria, which reflect the Grant Criteria explained above:

  • Clarity and strength of the application’s premise  
  • Budget and timeline  
  • Multi-disciplinary approach 
  • The application’s demonstrated white space alignment
Up to 15 Seed Grant applicants may be selected as finalists and advance to the Selection Committee Round One, the final round for Seed Grant applicants.  
 
Up to 20 Growth Grant applicants and up to 10 Seeding The Future Grand Prize applicants may be selected to advance to the Selection Committee Round One, the penultimate round for these applicants.

 

Selection Committee Round One

Selection Committee members will assess and score each application based on the following criteria:

  • The application’s demonstrated white space alignment 
  • The maturity of innovation
  • The impact of the innovation 
  • Communication of the innovation’s benefit to consumers 
  • The application’s food policy perspective

Applicants should refer to “About the Grants and Awards” page for details as to what each award application should demonstrate. Additional criteria may be considered.

For Seed Grants: The Selection Committee will review the Seed Grant finalists and vote to determine the Seed Grant awardees. Once Seed Grant awardees are selected, IFT will notify and announce the awardees in October. 

For Growth Grants and Seeding The Future Grand Prizes: The Selection Committee may select up to 6 Growth Grant finalists and up to 4 Seeding The Future Grand Prize finalists to advance to the Selection Committee Round Two.

 

Selection Committee Round Two - for Growth and Seeding The Future Grand Prize Only

During this final state, the Selection Committee will conduct interviews with the Growth Grant and Seeding The Future Grand Prize finalists. Growth Grant and Seeding The Future Grand Prize interview questions may focus on the following topics:

  • Alignment with the Vision of the Challenge 
  • Multidisciplinary approach 
  • Maturity of the innovation 
  • Benefits and impact of the innovation
  • Consumer communication 
  • Equity 
  • Policy

In addition, Seeding The Future Grand Prize interviews may also include the following topics:

  • Leadership and team 
  • Interest in additional support / finance

Following the interviews, finalists may have the opportunity to submit supplemental materials to IFT as needed. Once all supplemental materials are aggregated and interviews complete, up to 3 Growth Grants winners and up to 2 Seeding The Future Grand Prize winners may be selected.  IFT will notify each awardee and then publicly announce the list of awardees.

Award money will be given to each awardee subject to execution of an IFT form of grant agreement. Awardees must execute an IFT form of grant agreement prior to receiving any funds.