The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund

Capital is a Critical Lever in the Fight against Food Waste

ReFED’s analysis of current financial and industry data shows that $14 billion in annual funding is needed to accelerate and scale solutions to food waste if we are to have a chance at reaching national and international goals to reduce food waste by 50% by the year 2030.

Of that total amount, $3 billion is needed in catalytic funding – capital that is patient, risk-tolerant, and flexible in order to unlock impact. Catalytic capital tends to be the first money-in, thereby having a multiplier effect that can stimulate larger amounts of future, more traditional sources of funding; it can also help overcome system-level barriers, de-risk new innovations, and solve agency problems.

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The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund

In recognition of this need – and leveraging ReFED’s knowledge and network related to food waste – we are excited for the upcoming launch of the ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund, a new five-year initiative designed to provide a total of $10 million+ in funding from calculated, yet risk-tolerant, philanthropic sources to de-risk and scale high-impact solutions to food waste.

Over its life, the ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund and its grantees will work to have a significant impact on the diversion of food waste; reduction of GHG emissions; rescue of healthy, culturally-appropriate meals for those in need, and saving of natural resources.

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How The Fund Would Work

The ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund will distribute recoverable and non-recoverable grants to for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations, and other initiatives across the food waste solution spectrum – from prevention to rescue to recycling.

Examples of what the Grant Fund could support include:

  • The expansion of a gleaning operation’s geographic footprint.
  • A food rescue organization's acquisition of cold storage infrastructure.
  • Growth of a community composter through new technology.
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How You Can Engage

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Contribute to the ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund

We are deeply grateful to our anchor funder, Google, and all other donors who share our mission and vision for a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive food system. If you would like to learn more about the Fund and discuss a contribution, please email Alexandria Coari at or enter your information in the form below.

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ReFED will be sharing out regular updates on upcoming information sessions and open calls for grantees via email. To receive updates, please complete the form below. For media inquiries or general questions , please email us at

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