Organic Grant Program

organic grant program

Farmers Advocating For Organic Grant Program

If you know of anyone seeking funding for a research, education, or advocacy project focused on organic food & farming, please share the info below.

Farmers Advocating For Organic (FAFO) is an organic grant program funded entirely by 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.

Organic Grant Program: FAFO awards grants of $5,000-$50,000 to research, education, and advocacy projects that protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers.

For more information about the application criteria and process, refer to this overview packet. We’re excited to announce that the FAFO program has just added a third annual grant cycle! The remaining 2017 grant cycles have application deadlines June 15 and September 15.

Note: While FAFO grants are specifically targeting projects that have a regional or national impact, Organic Valley also provides smaller donations to support the meaningful grassroots projects that use organic to build healthy communities and food systems on a local scale.  If you have a local organic project in need of a cash or food donation, I encourage you to check out Organic Valley’s donations program.

If you have further questions about the FAFO Organic Grant Program, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Vicky Reeves

Farmers Advocating For Organic (FAFO)

Grant Program Manager

Organic Valley | CROPP Cooperative One Organic Way, La Farge, WI 54639

608.625.3614 | vicky.reeves@organicvalley.coop

Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO) began with the 2002 Farm Bill, which included an exemption for organic farmers from contributing to national promotion programs like “Got Milk?” In response, Organic Valley devised a way for farmers to pool their exemptions into an organic-focused granting fund as a way to promote and advance organic farming.

Our name says it all: 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 organic grant program in the U.S. and one of the few focused solely on organic.

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