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Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO)

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

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Foundation / Corporation

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Organic Valley

LOI Date:

02/01/20

Deadline Date:

02/15/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit 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.

FAFO is currently focused on addressing these strategic priorities:

  • Understanding Organic: Projects that result in broader consumer and public understanding of the benefits of organic food and farming
  • Cultivating CROPP Cooperative Community (internal):  Projects that strengthen CROPP Cooperative by building community amongst and between farmers and employees 

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

  • Solutions: FAFO is most interested in projects that implement solutions (or at the very least identify them).
  • Collaboration: Have you explored what other organizations or individuals are working on the same goals? Have you sought to collaborate with them or build on what they have accomplished? The more collaboration FAFO sees, the more convinced FAFO will be that awarding a grant to your project will have the greatest impact possible.
  • Uniqueness: Many organizations have already developed successful programs, created useful resources, or conducted insightful research focused on organic. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel – show FAFO what’s unique about your project or how it’s building on what’s already been done.
  • Additional sources of funding: 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.

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:

Check if your organization and project meet the following criteria before applying:
- Non-profit 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
- One-time grant requested in the amount of $5,000-$50,000, corresponding to scope and impact of project
- Administrative overhead does not exceed 5% of amount requested

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: February 1st, 2020.
- Application deadline: February 15, 2020.

LOIs will be reviewed and responded to within two weeks. 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. If an LOI is approved, an organization will be invited to submit a full application.

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

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