Our Grant Program

The Farmers Advocating for Organics Fund grant program administers three different giving categories: Annual, Sustaining and Initiatives. In each of these categories, we award projects that benefit independent, organic family farmers through research, education or advocacy.

Annual Grants

This category is comprised of Small Grants & Full Grants for specific projects. Successful proposals will need to affect independent, organic, family farmers by addressing one or more of the following giving categories:

  • Organic farmer or consumer research;
  • Organic farmer or consumer education;
  • Education of CROPP members or membership;
  • Education and resources supporting beginning, current, and/or transitioning organic farmers;
  • Advocacy meant to protect organic integrity, standards and/or marketplace.

Projects must be organic-specific—oriented toward protecting, safeguarding and advancing organic agriculture and the organic marketplace.

Small Grant

Requests (under $5,000) may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed two times per year, March 1 and September 1, with decisions announced within eight weeks. Download the Small Grant Funding Application.

Full Grant

Requests ($5001- $50,000), beginning with a Letter of Inquiry, are due September 1 with decisions announced by December 1.

SPECIAL NOTICE: The 2014 Full Grant cycle is closed. We will be opening this category again in 2015. We are still accepting Small Grant proposals for the Sept. 1, 2014 deadline.

FAFO also directs funds in a proactive and focused manner by reserving a portion of its budget for Sustaining and Initiative grants.

We do not accept unsolicited requests for these grant categories.

Sustaining Grants

Sustaining Grants are multi-year grants given to organizations selected by the FAFO Committee on the merits of their overall work and long-time partnership with CROPP Cooperative. FAFO commits to funding the awarded organizations for three years. We are proud to support these organizations in their hard work.

Initiatives

Our initiatives are designed to increase the fund’s impact by proactively aiming funds at areas of critical importance to the organic movement. The general goals of these FAFO projects are

  • To give organic farmers the knowledge, tools and training to grow organic farming today and for future generations
  • To educate and promote a robust organic marketplace 

The FAFO Committee designates the themes of the initiatives in two year increments.

  • 2014/2015 Initiative - Building the Megaphone
  • 2013/2014 Initiative - FROM THE GROUND UP: Healthy Soil, Healthy Seeds, Healthy Plants, Healthy Animals
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