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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Research and Academic Institutions to Support Organic Farming

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Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO)

Organic Valley


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #180160

Grant Description

Grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and research and academic institutions for projects that support the organic farming industry. Applicants must submit a letter of interest prior to applying. Funding is intended for advocacy, education, and research projects that advance FAFO’s mission: to protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers.

The fund provides a way for Organic Valley 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. Through combining resources, Organic Valley farmers are able to invest in projects that affect the livelihoods of organic farmers across the country.

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.

  • 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 this context, FAFO is currently prioritizing projects that focus on:

  • Projects that benefit family farmers who produce organic dairy, eggs, meat, produce, and grain/forage
  • Projects that focus on organic soil health and biology
  • Projects that strengthen CROPP Cooperative (internal)

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Check if your organization and project meet the following criteria before applying:
- Nonprofit or academic/research institution
- Advances FAFO’s mission of protecting and promoting the organic industry or the livelihood of organic farmers (with an explicit focus on organic)
- Category of research, education, or advocacy
- Aligned with FAFO’s strategic priorities (optional, but projects meeting this criteria will be prioritized)
- Organization's impact reaches beyond local community
- Administrative overhead does not exceed 5% of amount requested

Pre-Application Information:

There are two grant cycles per year. The current LOI deadline is January 25, with applications due February 8.

The next application deadline will be announced April 2023.

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.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

One-time grants are awarded in the amounts of $5,000-$50,000. 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.

Contact Information:

Submit a letter of intent online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=Masf7qpEgtwzdYKp1kTuavBOQFtQ78dO0

Contact cooperative stewardship coordinator, Shannon Suddeth at shannon.suddeth@organicvalley.coop for more information

Organic Valley HQ
One Organic Way
La Farge, WI 54639

Phone
888.444.6455

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