CROPP's Farmers Advocating for Organics

Proposal Evaluation and Review Process

FAFO is a competitive grantmaking fund; therefore, applicants should ensure that their proposals meet the defined criteria. Further, proposals will be evaluated based on the following guidelines:

Education Criteria

1. Clearly addresses one of the key FAFO giving categories and is organic specific in nature.

2. Demonstrates that the project will create a unique educational product or program for farmers and/or consumers. 

3. Clearly articulated that qualified persons are involved with the project as administrators and educators. 

4.  The program/project targets a high-priority audience in one or more of the following categories:

     a. Farmers
     b. Consumers
     c. Policy Makers
     d. Youth
     e. Other

5. Clearly demonstrates that the applicant has researched the educational need of the target audience, is aware of other similar programs, and demonstrates that the project is not redundant.

6. Includes a cohesive strategy for project/program outreach.

7. Presents clear project objectives, includes a cohesive plan for reporting and self-evaluation and defines the long-term strategy for program success. 

8. The proposal is well-written and clear, and demonstrates the conceptual adequacy of the project.  The proposal includes a realistic timeline for each of the project goals.

9. Presents a detailed budget appropriate for carrying out the projectís objectives/goals.  The proposal outlines all/any matching funds applied for or already secured. 

10. Additional discussion topics: Does the proposal address one of the listed current FAFO special interest topics? Can the FAFO Committee identify additional ways to leverage grant dollars other than noted by the applicant?

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Advocacy Criteria

1. Clearly addresses one of the key FAFO giving categories and is organic specific in nature.

2. Explains how the issues/topics being advocating for or against are relevant and/or important to CROPP Cooperative and the greater organic community.

3. Clearly outlines how the advocacy is locally, regionally, or nationally oriented and how the project is relevant in the defined area.

4. Explains that the project works to advance existing or proposed legislation or advocates for the implementation of a new organic program.

5. The advocacy will be performed by a reputable organization. The proposal outlines all past affiliation with CROPP Cooperative and explains past activity within project field.

6. Clearly identifies the target audience and provides justification for why the applicant has identified the target audience.

7. Defines project objectives and measurement of success.

8. The proposal is well written and clear and demonstrates the conceptual adequacy of the project. The proposal includes a realistic timeline for each of the project goals.

9. Presents a detailed budget appropriate for carrying out the projectís objectives/goals. The proposal outlines all/any matching funds applied for or already secured.

10. Additional discussion topics: Does the proposal address one of the listed current FAFO special interest topics? Can the FAFO Committee identify additional ways to leverage grant dollars other than noted by the applicant?

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Research Criteria

1. Clearly addresses one of the key FAFO giving categories and is organic specific in nature.

2. Presents clear project objectives and demonstrates why the applicant believes the research will address a high-priority issue within the organic industry/community.

3. Methods are scientifically sound and the majority of the research is sited on certified organic land.

4. Describes how the research is regional or national in scope. If not national in scale, the proposal clearly demonstrates how the research may be translated to other regions on the country.

5. Presents a clear and thoughtful plan for disseminating the information gathered.

6. The proposal is well written and clear and demonstrates the conceptual adequacy of the project. The proposal includes a realistic timeline for each of the project goals.

7. Defines project objectives and measurement of success.

8. Presents a detailed budget appropriate for carrying out the projectís objectives/goals. The proposal outlines all/any matching funds applied for or already secured.

9. Additional discussion topics: Does the proposal address any current FAFO special interest topics? Can the FAFO Committee identify additional ways to leverage grant dollars other than noted by the applicant?

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