Growing the power of cultural organizers to shift narratives

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Application Cycle ClosedThe Wildseeds Grant application portal is now closed and expected to open in early 2025.

Food & Farm Communication Funds’ Wildseeds Grants program is our primary offering for non-profit, grassroots organizations.

Wildseeds, inspired by the wisdom of writer Octavia Butler, speaks to our community’s commitment to justice and systemic transformation while ensuring thriving communities. Wildseeds possess a resilience that enables them to resist, spread, and flourish, just like our movements. Through Wildseeds Grants, we resource movement organizers by investing in solutions that support the development of their ideas, amplification of their messages, and their long-term movement infrastructure.

WILDSEEDS Grants Program

The Wildseeds Grants program funds community organizations, strategists and media makers working to uplift frontline stories, build power, and embolden transformative food and farm systems change. We do this all in an effort to grow deeper roots with our grantee partners by making sure they have the infrastructure, communications skills, and strategic support they need to thrive now and forever.

Our team uses a participatory grantmaking framework to build trust with our community and to inform our community project development decisions. Since 2012, we've invested over $5 million into grassroots organizations and media efforts to shift food and farm narratives. Learn more about the Wildseeds Grants program below.

Wildseeds Grants support 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

Language justice planning and implementation

Range and term of wildseeds grants

Wildseeds Grants typically 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

Is 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

Has an annual revenue of less than $3 million; or, if current revenue is over $3 million, has an average annual revenue over the last three years that is less than $3 million

Is not a recipient of a 2023 multi-year Core Grant

Is working on initiatives that 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)

Operates from a deeply shared understanding of structural and institutional racism in the food and farm system and actively works to advance racial equity and justice

Is committed to integrating the leadership of constituents within the organization’s staffing, advising, and governance structures

Focuses on one or more of the following priorities: Cultural Organizing; Inclusive Economic Models & Community-Controlled Systems; Reclaiming Democracy; Promoting Indigenous and Ancestral Foodways and Agricultural Practices

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

Private 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.

Power-Building Priorities

FFCF has identified the following priorities as critical to building power in the food and farm system. We invest in projects that are grounded in and focus on one or more of the following:

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.

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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.

2024 Application Timeline

Applications Open
February 1
Applications Close
March 15
Applications Review
Late May
early June