Capacity Mini-Grants Program

Our small staff has never had sufficient capacity to develop a comprehensive media and communications strategy let alone implement it. Yet we know that policymakers – our primary target – are influenced by media coverage. Food and Farm Communications Fund Grantee

Program Overview

The Capacity Mini-Grants Program is a new grant offering of the Food and Farm Communications Fund. These mini-grants are intended to provide a boost to an organization’s communications capacity. They can be used to support: investments in professional development; communications trainings; communications coaching or consulting; purchase of portable communications equipment; updates to communications tools, platforms, or systems; and any other low-budget communications activity or project that an applicant organization considers worthy.

Capacity Mini-Grants are prioritized for 501(c)(3) organizations (budgets under $500,000) serving communities that have been historically – and are currently – marginalized by powerful and privileged actors in the food system, including communities of color, indigenous communities, farmers, farmworkers, fishermen, and food workers. Higher budget 501(c)(3) community-based organizations remain eligible to apply if strongly aligned with the purpose and values of the Food and Farm Communications Fund, but will have lower priority.

An organization may apply for only one Capacity Mini-Grant per funding cycle and is eligible to receive one Capacity Mini-Grant per year. We anticipate one funding cycle in 2019, and two funding cycles in 2020.

Capacity Mini-Grants will range from $1,000 to 5,000. Grant amounts will be contingent on demonstrated need, alignment with the purpose and criteria of the program, and the Fund’s giving capacity in any given cycle.

We look forward to sharing more details with you in early 2019.


Photo Credits

Cover > “Tools” by Nastya Kvokka, Unsplash.