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Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and Research Institutions to
Promote and Assist the Organic Industry and Organic Farmers

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Organic Valley

LOI Date:

09/01/19

Deadline Date:

09/15/19

Description:

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Grants ranging between $5,000 and $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and academic or research institutions for projects that will advance and safeguard the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. This fund provides a way for farmers to address the long-term needs of the organic marketplace and the future of organic agriculture by supporting the development of long-term solutions.

Grants are awarded to research, education and advocacy projects that advance FAFO’s mission: to protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers.

Specifically, grants are awarded in the following categories:
- Research: Projects that conduct credible scientific research related to organic farmers, organic farming practices, and organic food.
- Education: Projects that provide organic agricultural education for farmers, or educate consumers and other key stakeholders on the benefits of organic food and farming.
- Advocacy: Policy or consumer advocacy projects meant to protect organic integrity, organic standards, the organic marketplace, or the livelihood of organic farmers.

Within the context of these categories, FAFO is currently focused on addressing these strategic priorities:
- Understanding Organic: Projects that result in broader consumer and public understanding of the benefits of organic food and farming
- Cultivating CROPP Cooperative Community (internal): Projects that strengthen CROPP Cooperative by building community amongst and between farmers and employees

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180160

Estimated Size of Grant:

One-time grants are awarded in the amounts of $5,000-$50,000, with an average grant award of $20,000 and the size of the award corresponding to the scope and impact of the project. Grants exceeding $50,000 are considered under extraordinary circumstances by invitation only.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year grants are considered under extraordinary circumstances by invitation only.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations and academic/research institutions are eligible to apply.

Check if your project meets the following criteria before applying:
- Advances FAFO’s mission
- Category of research, education, or advocacy
- Aligned with FAFO’s strategic priorities (not required, but projects meeting this criteria are prioritized)
- Organization’s impact reaches beyond local community
- Administrative overhead does not exceed 5% of amount requested

The FAFO Committee is not currently funding:
- Local/regional beginner farmer training programs that do not have a broad national impact
- Videos that are not entirely educational / fact-based (i.e. videos that include emotional appeals) and cannot be viewed in their entirety by the FAFO Committee in advance of being released.

Pre-Application Information:

Fall 2019 timeline:
- September 1, 2019: LOI deadline - LOIs will be reviewed and responded to within one week of submission.
- September 15, 2019: Application deadline
- Decisions are announced 6-8 weeks following the application deadline.

The sooner an LOI is submitted, the sooner it will be reviewed, and if approved, the sooner applicants can begin working on the full application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=organicvalley

For program related questions, contact:
Stacy Fahey, Contact Public Affairs Manager
stacy.fahey@organicvalley.coop

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming