September 1 is the deadline for letters of interest for grants from Farmers Advocating for Organic.
Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO) is a grant program funded entirely by annual, voluntary contributions from Organic Valley farmers. It’s the largest farmer-funded grant program in the U.S. and one of the few focused solely on organic.
Grants are awarded to research, education and advocacy projects that advance FAFO’s mission: to protect and promote the organic industry and 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)
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.
Non-profit organizations and academic/research institutions are eligible to submit a letter of interest (LOI). LOIs will be reviewed and responded to within two weeks. If an LOI is approved, an organization will be invited to submit a full application.
There are two grant cycles per year. The current LOI deadline is September 1, with applications due September 15. The next application deadline will be announced November 2021.