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The FruitGuys Community Fund Grant

Grants to USA Farmers in Eligible Regions
to Implement Sustainability Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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The FruitGuys Community Fund

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Deadline Date:

02/28/20 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA farm owners and operators in eligible regions to implement sustainable farming activities. A letter of intent is required prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support projects that enhance economic and environmental operations, increase community outreach, and assist farmers in conducting their activities in a more sustainable manner.

The FruitGuys Community Fund gives some preference to farms that are within 200 miles of a FruitGuys hub in San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, Phoenix, AZ, St. Louis, MO, Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Atlanta, GA, Tampa, FL, Orlando, FL, New York, NY, or Baltimore, MD. However, farms outside of these locations are still encouraged to apply.

Preferences for 2020 projects include (but are not limited to):

  • Water Conservation (for example, drip irrigation & water catchment)
  • Natural Pest Control (for example, owl or bat boxes)
  • Pollination (for example, beehives & pollinator hedgerows)
  • Soil Health (for example, cover crops & hoop houses)
  • Energy Efficiency (for example, renewable energy options like solar, geothermal & wind)
  • Disaster mitigation (for example, recovery from fire, flooding, etc)
  • Increase low-income consumers’ access to food (for example, expanding CSA shares)
  • Community building & education (for example, education for new farmers, students, refugees, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177756

Number of Grants:

Up to 20 finalists will receive funding.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants in amounts ranging from $2,000-$5,000 will be awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

1. Applicant is an owner/operator of the farm or has long-term, legal access to the land. If farming on leased land, a letter of support from the landowner specifying length of the lease agreement must be provided with the grant application.
2. Farm is small to medium-sized as determined by acreage in agricultural production.
3. Community outreach. Farmer will engage in community outreach, education, or policy advocacy surrounding sustainable agriculture. Engagement must be described in the grant proposal. Up to 10% of the total grant amount awarded may be used to support efforts for community outreach, education, and/or advocacy.

Funding will not be provided for:

- Land purchases
- Costs associated with labor
- Projects that require a percentage of the award be used for consultants or administration
- Requests that are dependent upon receiving funding from a larger grant
- Farms that have already received a FGCF grant

Pre-Application Information:

- LOIs must be submitted by Friday, January 10, 2020 11:59 p.m. PST
- Finalists will be notified by Monday, February 10, 2020 to provide a full application
- Finalists’ applications must be submitted by Friday, February 28, 2020 11:59 p.m. PST
- 2020 Grantees will be notified by Friday, April 10, 2020

Up to twenty (20) finalists will be invited to submit full applications.

Grants will be awarded in April 2020 (75% of the grant, followed by 25% in December 2020).

Contact Information:

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

Click here to access the online application:

The FruitGuys Community Fund
490 Eccles Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080

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USA: Arizona: Phoenix;   California: San Francisco and Los Angeles;   Colorado: Denver;   Florida: Orlando and Tampa;   Georgia: Atlanta;   Illinois: Chicago;   Maryland: Baltimore;   Massachusetts: Boston;   Missouri: St. Louis;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania: Philadelphia;   Texas: Dallas and Austin;   Utah: Salt Lake City;   Washington: Seattle

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