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Farmers Advocating for Organics (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

Deadline Date:

09/15/18 - Full application deadline; an LOI is required before submitting a full application.


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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. An LOI is required before 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 focused on protecting and promoting organic in ways aligned with these strategic priorities:

- Go organic, stay organic: Efforts that support farmers transitioning to organic, preserve and increase organic acreage, and provide the training, development, and resources needed to ensure future generations of organic farmers.

- Amplify the organic voice: Efforts that educate consumers and other key stakeholders on the proven benefits of organic food and farming.

- Increase organic farmer success: Efforts that provide organic farmers with the information, tools, and resources they need to be successful and profitable.

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.

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.

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
- Organization’s impact reaches beyond local community
- Administrative overhead does not exceed 5% of amount requested

Pre-Application Information:

Interested applicants must submit an LOI. LOIs will be reviewed and responded to within two weeks. If an LOI is approved, an organization will be invited to submit a full application.

Grant applications are reviewed three times per year, following the application deadlines: February 15, June 15, and September 15. LOIs submitted within one week prior to the application deadline will be given an additional week extension on submitting the full application.

Decisions are announced 6-8 weeks following the deadline.

Contact Information:

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

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For program related questions, contact:

Vicky Reeves, Program Manager

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Geographic Focus:

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