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.
We are no longer accepting LOIs for the current grant cycle. We will notify those invited to submit a full proposal by mid-February 2019. We expect to announce Core Grant recipients in April 2019. At this time, we anticipate our next grant cycle to take place in late 2019 or early 2020.
(Please note: we are not currently accepting Letters of Interest. We anticipate our next grant cycle taking place late 2019 or early 2020). You must submit your Letter of Interest through our online iGAM 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 happy 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. Be sure to 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 organizations (operating budgets under $500,000) with 501(c)(3) status (or with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor) 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. Organizations with budgets between $500,000 and 2,000,000 remain eligible to apply if strongly aligned with the purpose and values of the Food and Farm Communications Fund, but will be lower priority.
Applications must be submitted through the online iGAM grant portal. More details about this application process will be posted in Spring 2019.
Capacity Mini-Grant recipients will be required to submit a brief report upon completion of their grant.
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.