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The 2023 Healing the Planet Grant Program, funded by The GIANT Company, is a competitive grant for tax-exempt organizations that aims to address food waste prevention, reduction, and recovery across The GIANT Company’s operating area in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.


For grant questions, please contact Heidi Pedicone, Director of Programs for Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful at hpedicone@keeppabeautiful.org or 724-836-4121 ext. 109.


Is your project complete? Please fill out and submit the final report form here.

As a reminder, reports including photos are required by July 14, 2024.

Thank you for your hard work!

  • ACLAMO - ACLAMO Food Waste Reduction Program - Montgomery Co PA
  • AGAPE: Love From Above To Our Community - AGAPE Emergency Food Pantry - Columbia Co PA
  • Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust - Friends Community Fridge - Philadelphia Co PA
  • Benner Elementary School - Benner Composting Project - Centre Co PA
  • Bucks County Housing Group - Doylestown Community Garden - Bucks Co PA
  • Child Hunger Outreach Partners - Scranton Branch Food Waste Reduction and Diversion Project - Lackawanna Co PA
  • City of Lancaster, Lancaster Compost Co-Op - Continued Expansion of Compost Co-Op - Lancaster Co PA
  • Creative Community Grow - Compost Coalition: A Community Composting Project - Dauphin Co PA
  • Curwensville Area High School - Golden Tide Greenhouse - Clearfield Co PA
  • Dickinson College - Community Food Waste To Energy - Small Farm Anaerobic Digestion & Education - Cumberland Co PA
  • Evergreen Elementary School - Flex Farm - Montgomery Co PA
  • Fairmount Park Conservancy - Farm Philly Community Compost Network - Philadelphia Co PA
  • Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education - Horn Farm Center Composting Program - York Co PA
  • Indiana County Conservation District - Community Compost Education and Food Waste Reduction - Indiana Co PA
  • Penbrook Lions and Leo Clubs - Penbrook Lion/Leo Community Garden Phase II - Dauphin Co PA
  • Pennsylvania Resources Council - Community Food Waste Reduction in Delaware County - Delaware Co PA
  • Phoenixville Area Community Services Inc - PACS Food Recovery & Pop-up Food Distribution - Chester Co PA
  • Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living - Vermicomposting in the Schools--Support Global Worming! - Clearfield Co PA
  • Riverside School District - VIKING Share Bin Program - Lackawanna Co PA
  • Share Food Program - Fighting Food Waste and Food Insecurity through a Community Fridge - Philadelphia Co PA
  • South Philadelphia Community Fridge (Project of Open Collective Foundation) - South Philadelphia Community Fridge (SPCF) Food Waste Reduction and Expansion Efforts - Philadelphia Co PA
  • The Advocacy Project - Reducing and Composting Food Waste at the Lower Merion High School - Montgomery Co PA
  • York Fresh Food Farms - Grow More - Waste Less - York Co PA

We encourage you to promote this award. To promote your award and project locally, a sample press release template, social media posts, and logos can be found below. Please share any related press about this project, again, it helps us tell your story!

In all public acknowledgments, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful requires that you use the following tag line: This project was funded by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Healing the Planet Grant Program with support from The GIANT Company. Educational signage requires the use of the tag line or both logos below.

All organizations awarded will be asked to sign an agreement with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, outlining requirements and expectations. The grant agreement will outline all project requirements that will be submitted at the end of the grant period in an online format. Photos will also be required. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will provide each awardee with a sample release template and requirements for appropriate and agreed upon recognition of The GIANT Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Recognition could include local press releases, inclusion in educational materials, and or signage. All items are to be approved by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and The GIANT Company prior to release of such materials.
  1. Grant will open on March 1, 2023. Online submissions only. No applications will be accepted by post or email.
  2. All grant applications and supplemental information will be accepted until April 13, 2023 4:00 PM EST. No exceptions.
  3. Grant winners will be announced in June 2023. All applicants will be informed of their application outcome at this time. All decisions of the grant committee are final.
  4. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2024, one year after award.
  5. A completed final report including photos must be submitted by July 14, 2024.
This is a competitive grant program with intent to provide support for diverse community improvement projects across The Giant Company’s operating area in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. View our community projects photo album and the 2021 Healing the Planet Final Report for inspiration!
  • Applicants can be any tax-exempt organization including nonprofit organizations, conservation districts, schools, churches, local and county governments, etc. EIN must be provided.
  • Eligible projects must be located in areas where The GIANT Company operates stores within Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia. Applicants can reside outside of the target locations but the project MUST be in the below locations. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

    Maryland: Alleghany, Carroll, Cecil and Washington counties.

    Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union and York counties.

    Virginia: Clarke, Culpeper, Frederick and Warren counties. Also the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester.

    West Virginia: Berkeley, Jefferson and Mineral counties.

  • Eligible projects must be shovel ready with any required permits already secured. Eligible projects: Project must address food waste prevention, reduction and or recovery. Eligible projects include food waste reduction and diversion, community composting, increase access to compost for agricultural producers, educational programs regarding food waste prevention, reduction and recovery, divert food waste from landfills, etc. Community gardens are eligible for funding but must have a food waste prevention, reduction and or recovery component, i.e. education.