Who is eligible for the New England Food Vision Prize? 
New England nonprofit organizations (including higher education institutions), government entities, and municipalities (including K-12 schools). While for-profit businesses may participate as project partners, they may not serve as the primary applicant. 

I’m not a school, 501(c)(3), municipality, or state government. Can I still apply?
Entities that do not fit into one of these categories may not serve as the primary applicant, but may apply as part of a team, with the primary applicant meeting this criterion. If you need help finding (a) partner organization(s) please send us an email at info@kendall.org! We’ll be happy to connect you with one of our grantee partners to assist you. 

Do project teams need to include academic institutions? 
Yes. While we have evolved the Prize to target a larger variety of organizations further up the supply chain, we are requiring commitment from at least one K-12 and/or higher education institution as part of each application. This may include: private colleges/universities, public colleges/universities, community colleges, public K-12 schools/districts, private K-12 schools.

If I am applying as an academic institution, do I need another institutional partner? 
No, but you must have at least one other partner that you plan on working with on the project. 

Can a project team include non-academic institutions, like corrections or hospitals? 
Yes, as long as the requirement of at least one academic institutional partner is met. 

I don’t have an existing educational institutional partner. What should I do? 
Send us an email at info@kendall.org. We’ll be happy to connect you with one of our grantee partners to assist you. 

Can I collaborate with an organization outside of the six New England states? 
All primary applicants and educational institution partners must be based in New England. Project partners based outside of New England must demonstrate that this resource/expertise cannot be sourced within the region.

Food associated with the project must be grown/sourced from within New England. 

Is there a maximum number of partners, including educational institutions, that can be part of a project? 
No, there is no maximum number of partners allowed on a single application. Applicants should keep in mind that the primary applicant will be responsible for distributing funds between partner organizations.

What special eligibility applies to Maine K-12 projects? 
Due to the incredible $7.4 million dollars in grant funding available through the School Food System Innovation Grant in Maine, we will not be inviting proposals for projects awarded one of these grants. We encourage Maine K12 projects applying to both the New England Food Vision Prize and the School Food Innovation Grant (SFSI) to submit their Prize LOI and then communicate with us directly in mid-June when they are notified of their award or denial from the USDA and Full Plates Full Potential. This applies to all partners that would receive funds from a Maine SFSI grant. More questions about this? Feel free to reach out at info@kendall.org.

Application and Selection Process 

What are the Letter of Interest submission requirements? 
We ask that Letters of Interest address the five Prize criteria and a few specific questions. See the Letter of Interest page linked here for full information and instructions. 

If we are invited to submit a full application, what will we need to submit? What will the application entail? 
Full applications will expand on the original idea to include responses to a series of prompts associated with the criteria. In addition to these responses, applicants will be required to submit a letter of support from each target institution mentioned. 

What can Prize funding be used for? Is there anything that funding cannot be used for? 
Funding may not be used for recurring purchases of food, as doing so would fail to meet the sustainable criterion. Allowable food expenses include one-time expenses for recipe development, taste tests, and promotional events. 

Funding may be used in the following ways: 

  • Infrastructure investment 
  • Equipment purchase 
  • Capacity and staffing 
  • Training and certification 
  • Marketing and awareness building 
  • Your idea here!

How can I measure the impact of my Prize idea?  
You can select from many different kinds of metrics to measure your project’s impact, depending on the project. Examples of potential metrics used in past Prizes include: number of farmer contracts, dollar amount or poundage of regional food provided or procured, number of schools and students reached, etc. Feel free to contact us or the team at FINE for assistance in determining appropriate metrics for your project. 

Can my organization submit more than one application with different collaborators? 
Only one application may be submitted by an organization at any one time. However, an organization may be a collaborator for another application at the same time as they are an applicant themselves. 

Are Letters of Interest expected to address all five Prize criteria? What if I don’t yet know how my project will address one of these criteria? 
We do ask that Letters of Interest address all five Prize criteria—Measurable Impact, Collaborative, Regional, Sustainable, and Equitable—but understand that ideas may not be fully fleshed out at this initial stage. If you do not yet know, for example, how your project will be measurable, say so and provide an example or two of how you might reach this criteria. 

Who is part of the review team for letters of interest and applications? 
Letters of Interest will be reviewed by staff of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation. In addition to these individuals, the full application review process will include reviewers from across the region who bring a diversity of professional and lived experience related to the goals of this Prize. Reviewers are selected after proposal invitations are made, reducing conflict of interest and ensuring that reviewer expertise (ex: K12 food service director, farmer, food hub manager) matches focus areas of prize applications.

What kind of recognition, announcement, ongoing press will come with an award? 
The Foundation will issue a press release, public email, and web announcement of the winners of the Prize. The winning institutions are encouraged to promote the news as well, and the Foundation will provide a folder of customized social media and press kit assets to support winners with these efforts. 

What are the reporting requirements for Prize awards? 
Reporting and check-ins with grantees help the Foundation team learn about what’s working, build relationships and expand our network, and develop increasingly responsive grant making programs for future grantees. We are flexible and accommodating when it comes to reporting. We also love to share stories about the impact of Prize projects with other funders, our Board, and make connections across the region to ensure learning from this work is shared broadly.  

Prize winners agree to provide the Foundation staff with:

  • A six month verbal update
  • A one-year written report (2 pages) and financial update for the project
  • A final verbal check in, written report (2 pages), and financial update at the end of the grant term. 

Written reports should answer the following: 

  • What have been the key accomplishments during this grant period? Please incorporate any results related to metrics named in the application.
  • What have been the key challenges you’ve faced and how have you addressed them? 
  • What have you learned during this grant period that is of importance to your work?
  • Is there anything else the Kendall Foundation can be doing to support you and your project?


How much financial information will be necessary to include in a full proposal? Are there limits to the use of funds for indirect and overhead costs associated with implementing the idea?
A high-level budget for the entire project should be included with full proposals showing the activities and expenses of each partner of the collaboration. Indirect costs (i.e. fiscal sponsor percentage taken) may not exceed 10% of the project budget. “Indirect” costs do not refer to staff time or other operations necessary for the completion of a project.

Does the application have to specify how funding would be distributed amongst collaborators and are there any restrictions as to where the funding can go? 
Yes, the budget must specify how funding would be distributed amongst partners. The applicant—if successful—will have full responsibility for proper disbursement of the prize funds, including ensuring that funds are accounted for by each collaborator. 

How will the prize be awarded? 
The prize funding will be awarded in full to the primary applicant upon notification. You may consider having all project partners execute a memorandum of understanding stipulating how funds will be managed, distributed, and expended in accordance with the proposed project. 

Will selected projects ever be awarded partial funding? 
No—in the final Prize allocation, projects will either receive the full amount of funding applied for or no funding. We therefore encourage you to request the full amount of money required to make your project a success.

Does the prize need to be spent or can it be used to establish a revolving loan fund, for example? 
As long as the funds are utilized in a manner consistent with the criteria and priorities of the Prize program, they do not have to be spent right away. A revolving loan fund would be permissible. In these instances, additional terms for the use of the funds may apply. 

Can the prize award be used as seed funding, or partial funding for a bigger project? 

Can the prize award be used to fund an existing project? 
Yes, a project being new is not required for this round of the Prize, as long as it meets the criteria and requirements.

New England Food Vision Prize History 

What organizations and projects have been funded previously by the New England Food Vision Prize? 
You can see a list of all the past winners here on our website.

How is this year’s Prize different from those of previous years? 
In 2018 and 2019, the New England Food Vision Prize limited eligibility to Higher Education Dining Service Directors and had a set prize value of $250,000. The current prize program expands eligibility to K-12 food programs, and invites organizations further up the supply chain to collaborate and apply directly. Prize amounts are now anywhere from $25,000-$200,000 to allow for a broader range and scale of projects. 

Do you have a question that isn’t answered here? 
Please feel free to reach out to our Kendall team or Farm to Institution New England for assistance: