The Food and Farm Communications Fund provides targeted communications funding and resources to community-based organizations working at the forefront of food and farm systems change.
The Fund advances communications initiatives and media projects to help shift narrative and further the goals of the grassroots and their allies. The Fund also seeks to influence increased funding and prioritization of communications as an essential tool in movement-building and systems change.
These grants provide small, community-based organizations (average annual revenue of less than $500,000) with funds to support communications activities that boost an organization’s capacity for mission fulfillment and organizational well-being. (Organizations with an average annual revenue of less than $2 million are eligible to apply if they can demonstrate a compelling need aligned with the program’s purpose.)
Priority is given to organizations 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.
Applicants should clearly demonstrate a commitment to equity and racial, social, and/or economic justice as well as a commitment to integrating leadership of core constituents within the organization’s staffing, advising, and/or governance structures.
Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
- short-term communications coaching or consulting;
- purchase of communications equipment;
- updates to communications tools, platforms, or systems;
- communications-based professional development opportunities, including targeted trainings and conferences; and,
- any other low-budget communications capacity-building activity that an applicant organization deems beneficial.
Grants are not provided to/for:
- nonprofit 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;
- other foundations or regranting programs;
- businesses or business associations;
- schools, colleges, or universities;
- state agencies or government programs;
- academic research projects;
- litigation or legal expenses;
- marketing or branding for products or services;
- capital or endowment campaigns; or,
- organizations that have already received a Capacity Mini-Grant from the Fund within the past year.
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