Investing in cultural organizing and shifting narratives.

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Food & Farm Communication Funds’ core grant is our primary offering for non-profit, grassroots organizations. We are committed to sustainably resourcing movement organizers by investing in long-term solutions that support the development of their ideas and movement infrastructure. Our team uses a participatory grantmaking framework to build trust with our community and to inform our community project development decisions.

Core Grants Program

Through the Core Grants program, we fund the community organizations, strategists and media makers working to uplift frontline stories, build power, and embolden transformative food and farm systems change. Since 2012, we've invested over $4 million into grassroots organizations and media efforts to shift food and farm narratives. In 2023, we expect to award a total of $700,000 to continue resourcing transformative change. Learn more about the 2023 Core Grants program below.
The Core Grants Program supports strategic communications efforts including, but not limited to:

Base building communications projects that increase connectivity and grow collective power

Integrated communications planning

Communications-based professional development for staff/leadership/ members

Implementing or upgrading communications tools

Development of content or creative media initiatives including videos, zines, websites, etc.

Sourcing 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 communications strategies

Range and Term of Core Grants

Core Grants are expected to range from $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. Grant amounts are contingent on demonstrated need, alignment with the Fund’s purpose and criteria, as well as the Fund’s giving capacity in any given year.

Criteria and Restrictions

Applicant criteria

Be a U.S. based grassroots organization or network with 501(c)(3) status or with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor or a tribal government

Have an average annual revenue of less than $3 million (if current revenue is over $3 million, an average organizational revenue over the last three years that is under $3 million will qualify)

Initiatives directly affect change within food and agricultural systems (e.g. land sovereignty, food security, inclusive economy, water and soil stewardship, climate justice, labor organizing, sustainable/regenerative/reindigenized practices and healing traditions)

Clearly demonstrate an organizational analysis of structural and institutional racism in the food and farm system, as well as a clear understanding and strategy as to how the organization works to advance racial equity and justice

Clearly demonstrate a commitment to integrating the leadership of constituents within the organization’s staffing, advising, and governance structures

Be collaborative in approach and practice

Not eligible:

Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status or do not have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status;

Individuals or scholarship programs;

Businesses or business associations;

Schools, Colleges, or Universities;

State agencies or government programs;

The Food and Farm Communications Fund does not support the following activities: academic research projects; endowment campaigns; discretionary or emergency requests; or litigation or legal expenses.

Solutions to our pressing food and farm systems issues must be shaped by those most impacted. We prioritize organizations led by those who are directly engaged in and impacted by food and farm practices, including farmers, farm workers, fisherpeople, and food system workers; direct at least 75% of our funds to BIPOC-led and serving organizations (organizations whose highest leadership are BIPOC and whose staff, Board, and people served are 51%+ people of color); and support organizations taking on corporate consolidation and power in food and agriculture while actively working to advance racial justice.

Additional Review Priorities

FFCF will prioritize projects that are grounded in:
Protecting and expressing culture is an act of resistance to the pressure of erasure. Rather than community organizing from a place of deficit, we strive to lift-up a counter narrative rooted in community cultural wealth and capacity and support work that centers cultural organizing.

Movement Support

To help FFCF grantee partners strengthen their communications infrastructure and make an impact, FFCF offers communications technical assistance, peer networking, and capacity building resources to support each organization’s communications needs after the initial investment. Trainings are designed with input from grantee partners and are led by movement-based trainers. Previous offerings have included storytelling workshops, digital organizing intensives, 1:1 communications coaching, and communications planning support. All offerings are optional.

Application Timeline

Applications Open
February 1
Applications Close
Applications Review
Early May
late May