It is difficult to find grant support to set up a communications system that helps us carry out our campaigns, project/education work, and communicate who we are as an organization. We cannot overemphasize how important this support has been.Food and Farm Communications Fund Grantee
Our Grant Offerings
The Food and Farm Communications Fund meets a critical need by funding communications strategy and capacity building for organizations leading food systems change. We offer two grantmaking programs: Core Grants and Capacity Mini-Grants.
The bulk of our grant dollars are distributed through an open two-step process, to ensure that the Fund remains accessible to new partners and ideas. Because we know in many cases money alone isn’t enough, we strive to offer additional capacity-building opportunities for our Core Grantees – including coaching, training, peer-networking, and collaboration opportunities – to deepen the impact of our partnership. We also recognize that small boosts to communications can go a long way for organizations with limited resources, and offer Capacity Mini-Grants.
Central to the Fund’s work is a commitment to an accessible grantmaking process that resources the organizations and networks on the frontlines of change. To fulfill this commitment, grant decision-making is led by a team of movement leaders, social change communications experts, and funder advisors; applications and reports are designed to be simple, accessible, and streamlined; and since 2020 we have committed to investing at least 75% of grant dollars in organizations led by and serving Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities.
The Core Grants program will open on January 11, 2022 and we anticipate opening the Capacity Mini-Grants program in early Summer 2022. Sign up to receive the latest updates.
Core Grants Program
Investing in strategic communications and narrative change to advance the grassroots.
CLOSED: The 2022 application period has closed and the program will reopen in early 2023.
Supporting communications capacity-building and skills development opportunities.
CLOSED: The application process for this program will open in Summer 2022.
Since its launch in 2012, the Fund has seeded the field with more than $3.5 million in targeted communications support. Yet we know the gap in communications funding remains significant and urgent. In addition to our grant programs, we work to inspire increased investment in communications at large. If you are a funder interested in learning more about the Food and Farm Communications Fund, or ways to bolster communications through your own grantmaking, let’s connect!
Cover > “Long Roots, Long Lives” mural by Christin Apodaca at La Semilla Community Farm (Anthony, NM) inspired by regional foodways stories. Photo Credit: Michelle Carreon and La Semilla Food Center; “Frontline Narratives” by HEAL Food Alliance; “Tactics” by Food Chain Workers Alliance; Samuel Genshaw in the film “Gather“; “Blueberries” by Veeterzy via Unsplash.