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Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO)

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

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Organic Valley

LOI Date:

03/01/21

Deadline Date:

03/15/21

Description:

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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 an LOI prior to submitting a full application. 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:

  • 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 puts on emphasis 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)

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:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations and academic/research institutions are eligible to submit a letter of interest (LOI).

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:

There are two grant cycles per year. The current LOI deadline is March 1, with applications due March 15. The next application deadline will be announced May 2021.

LOIs will be reviewed and responded to within two weeks of submission. 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. Decisions are announced 6-8 weeks following the application deadline.

FAFO wants to see broad support for your project – it shouldn’t rely entirely on FAFO funds. FAFO is especially interested in matching grant opportunities.

Contact Information:

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

Submit an LOI Online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=organicvalley

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

Organic Valley HQ
One Organic Way
La Farge, WI 54639

Phone: 888.444.6455

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