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Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO)

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Organic Valley

LOI Date:

08/01/20

Deadline Date:

08/15/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and research and academic institutions for projects that advance 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.

Projects should fall under 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

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)

Check if your project meets the following criteria before applying:

  • Advances FAFO’s mission of protecting and promoting the organic industry or the livelihood of organic farmers (with an explicit focus on organic)
  • Falls within the category of research, education, or advocacy
  • Aligns with FAFO’s strategic priorities (not required, but projects meeting this criteria are prioritized)
  • Impact reaches beyond local community 
  • One-time grant requested in the amount of $5,000-$50,000, corresponding to project scope/impact
  • Administrative overhead (indirect costs) does not exceed 5% of amount requested

In addition to the criteria outlined above, the FAFO Committee is currently prioritizing projects that demonstrate:

  • Solutions
  • Collaboration
  • Uniqueness
  • Additional sources of funding

For more information, see:

https://d2zupx01utsj9r.cloudfront.net/media/filer_public/33/f7/33f754f9-6ccf-4e66-8a17-89201aa1a4ac/fafo_overview_for_applicants_fall_2020.pdf#page=5

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:

- LOI deadline: August 1, 2020
- Application deadline: August 15, 2020

LOIs will be reviewed and responded to within one week 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.

All applications must be submitted online via the grant portal.

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.

To apply online, click here: 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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