Frequently Asked Questions
For Grant Seekers Core Grants Program
An applicant organization may submit only one application per grant cycle. If an applicant organization submits more than one application, we will review the first one received. An exception is when an organization is serving as lead for a collaborative project engaging more than one eligible organization. In that case, the organization is allowed to submit an application on their own behalf and an application on behalf of the collaborative project. A fiscal sponsor may submit more than one application, so long as they are for different sponsored organizations; they also may submit one application on their own behalf.
Our Core Grants range is $20,000 to $50,000 over a one-year term. The Fund is able to make a very limited number of two-year commitments for projects requiring a longer timeframe of support. Two-year requests are capped at a total of $75,000 over two years.
The Core Grants program supports a range of projects and activities, including (in no particular order of priority): integrated communications planning; communications-based professional development; establishing or upgrading communications tools; development of content or creative media initiatives; short-term communications staffing support or outside consulting; narrative development, message framing, and integration; campaigns, events, or experiences that use communications to foster engagement around food and farm issues; multicultural, racial equity, and justice-based approaches to communications; communications projects that build connections and collective power. Please refer to our Core Grants page for full details, as well as our Grantees page for examples of previously funded work.
We define frontline communities as directly impacted communities often hit first and worst by decisions and systems that create and perpetuate crises, who are at the forefront of advancing community-led change. In the food and farming system, this includes BIPOC communities, farmers, ranchers, farmworkers, land stewards, fisherpeople, and food workers.
Yes, previous grantees who are not currently recipients of a multi-year Core Grant are eligible to apply for a 2023 Core Grant. We strive to reach new organizations through the Core Grants program to support emerging projects and projects new to FFCF’s network; while also providing continued support to previously funded projects that need additional capacity and resources to build off their progress and deepen/strengthen their work. We aim to reflect this balance in our overall awards pool.
Absolutely. However, keep in mind that the Core Grants program is highly competitive. Carefully review the updated priorities and criteria of the Core Grants program to ensure you are a strong fit before you apply.
For Grant Seekers Capacity Grants
Capacity Grants are prioritized for grassroots organizations with 501(c)(3) status or with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, that are led by and serving constituents that have been historically — and are currently — marginalized by powerful and privileged actors in food and farm systems, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color; farmers; farmworkers; fisherpeople; and food workers.
The Food and Farm Communications Fund welcomes new funders interested in growing the needed resources to support strategic communications and narrative change work in the field. If you are a funder with questions about the Fund, we encourage you to reach out to set up a conversation.