Letters of Intent
Innovators can apply for a grant from the Innovation Fund between Feb. 4 and March 4, 2019.
Who is eligible to apply for funding?
We encourage social enterprises, benefit corporations, for-profit companies, public-private partnerships, non-profit organizations and fiscally-sponsored projects to apply here. At this time, individuals, government agencies, international organizations and researchers are not eligible to apply.
How many Innovation Fund grants are available?
The inaugural open call will result in grants totaling $1 million for projects in the areas of food waste prevention, food recovery and/or food waste recycling. Awards will range from $25,000 to $250,000 per grantee.
What kind of non-financial support is provided?
As a grantee of the Innovation Fund, you will have a chance to connect with Kroger leaders and mentors, key partners in our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste journey, program peers and other industry stakeholders. Depending on your project, you may have a chance to test your solution in the Kroger Family of Companies or with our partners. We will also help highlight your work through case studies, showcases and promotional content to share your solution and impact.
How will you select the participants?
Companies interested in being considered should complete an online application here. We will evaluate applications using the Evaluation Criteria outlined on this website.
What type of applicants are most likely to be successful?
We are looking for organizations whose missions are intrinsically tied to Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan, specifically related to food waste reduction. This includes innovators needing support for early-stage concepts as well as scalable projects and technologies that advance a range of food waste prevention, recovery and recycling solutions outlined in ReFED’s 2018 Retail Food Waste Action Guide. Special attention will be given to solutions in the prevention category.
How will pilots be chosen?
We will award grants to U.S.-based organizations, with a preference for those based in Kroger communities or proposing projects that could benefit Kroger communities. Specific pilots will be determined based on project scope, potential for positive impact, ease of implementation and geography.
What if we are interested in funding but not a pilot?
Ideas and proposals do not need to include plans for a pilot to be considered for a grant from the Innovation Fund.
How will companies be notified if they are selected to submit Full Applications?
By March 15, The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation will email the organizations selected to submit Full Applications. We will direct the notification to the primary contact specified on the Letter of Intent.
When are Full Applications due?
Organizations selected to submit Full Applications should do so by March 29, 2019.
How will you select grantees?
In addition to the Foundation Board of Directors, its staff and the Advisory Council will help review and select final grantees.
When will you notify grantees receiving awards?
We will announce grant winners in May and disburse funds in June.
I still have a question—what do I do?
Please direct any questions via email to KrogerFoundation@Kroger.com