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Cultivating Change Grant Program

Grants to USA Farmers to Improve Environmental
Impact, Safety, and Availability of Produce

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Foundation / Corporation

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Greener Fields Together

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to USA farmers to implement sustainability practices that will improve environmental impact and ensure the availability and safety of produce in the market. Funding is intended to help local farms invest in food safety, upgrade operations, and implement sustainable technology.

Grant categories are as follows:

- Certifications: Organic, Non-GMO project, Biodynamic, Fair trade, Food safety audit
- Infrastructure: Reusable plastic containers, Logistics (delivery vans, reefer trucks), Equipment (facilities, etc.)
- Capacity Building: Food Safety/GAP improvements, Education for farmers or supervisors
- Marketing: Upgrade Labels/Cartons, Marketing materials/support, Website, Social media

Winners will be decided in two ways:
- Popular Voting: All applicants will be able to participate in the popular voting category, and winners will be decided by projects receiving the most votes.

- Panel Review: Only current Greener Fields Together local farms and aggregators approved by December 15, 2017, will be eligible to participate and win in the panel review category. Applicants in the panel review category will be decided by a panel of industry professionals based on the merit of the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160732

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants Determined by Popular Vote
- 1st Place Prize: $10,000
- 2nd Place Prize: $5,000
- 3rd Place Prize: $3,000
- 4th and 5th Place Prize: $1,000

Grants Determined by Panel Review
- 1 Grant Amount Awarded: $20,000
- 2 Grant Amounts Awarded: $10,000
- 3 Grant Amounts Awarded: $5,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must be a local produce farmer or aggregator actively operating in the United States or Canada in the current year 2017.

The applicant must also:
- Have at least 50% of business made up of produce production or aggregation
- Make no more than $100 million in annual sales
- Be willing/able to work with the distributor in your marketplace (distributor map attached below)

The applicant must:

- Have the capacity to receive and manage grant funds responsibly and have the skills and experience necessary to undertake the identified project.
- Demonstrate that thoughtful consideration is being given to the technical challenges of project.
- Articulate a compelling plan for how the project will impact his or her business or operation and/or that of the community in which they operate.
- Provide a comprehensive budget plan that demonstrates financial prudence.
- Use the grant money for the purpose specified in their application.

More information on eligibility:

Pre-Application Information:

Eligible farms must submit their application online by the contest deadline of December 15, 2017. Applicants may edit their farm profile and project proposal up until the deadline.

The voting and panel review will take place between January 1 and January 31, 2018.

All applicants, regardless of status, will be notified of the decision by email by February 5th, 2018. Grant checks will be mailed no later than February 12, 2018.


About the program:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Greener Fields Together
40 Ragsdale Drive Suite 200
Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: (831) 658-1907

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