Frequently Asked Questions
For Grant Seekers Core Grants Program
The Core Grants Program supports community-based nonprofit organizations or grassroots networks/coalitions with 501(c)(3) status (or a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status). What exactly do we mean by community-based? We mean an authentic connection to the community and constituents served by your mission, and a demonstrated commitment to constituent leadership and engagement in your organization’s governance and practice. For further details regarding criteria and restrictions, please visit the Core Grants page.
The Core Grants program is currently closed. Our 2019 cohort of Core Grant recipients was announced in April. At this time, we anticipate our next call for Letters of Interest to launch in November 2019.
(Please note: we are not currently accepting Letters of Interest. We anticipate our next grant round to launch in November 2019). You must submit your Letter of Interest through our online grant portal. We will not review emailed or mailed LOIs. If you have any technical difficulties with the online portal please contact the Fund Administrator and someone will be able to assist you.
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.
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 Mini-Grants
Capacity Mini-Grants are prioritized for limited-resource community-based organizations (operating budgets under $500,000) with 501(c)(3) status (or with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor) serving constituents 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. Community-based organizations with budgets between $500,000 and 2,000,000 remain eligible to apply if they can demonstrate a clear and compelling need aligned with the purpose and values of the Food and Farm Communications Fund, but will be 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. If an organization submits more than one application, only the first received will be reviewed.
Applications must be submitted through the online grant portal. The next open application period will be September 2019.
Capacity Mini-Grant recipients will be required to submit a brief report upon completion of their approved activities, and no more than 9-months after receipt of grant funds.
The Food and Farm Communications Fund welcomes new funders interested in growing the needed resources to support strategic communications and narrative development in the field. If you are a funder with questions about the Fund, we encourage you to reach out to set up a conversation.