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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Support Healthy Farms and Communities

Community Farming Giving Circle Grant


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Community Farming Giving Circle
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Important Dates
Deadline: 01/17/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $30,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to support healthy farms and communities. Funding is intended for programs, projects, and coalitions that address access to nutritious food while investing in farmers. While preference will be given to requests for unrestricted funding, grants for specific projects will also be considered.

Honoring Rachel M. M. Hunt’s love of botany, the Foundation aim to improve access to local, organic, regenerative food and invest in farmers dedicated to their local communities – supporting holistic health and connecting people with the land.

Focus – the committee will prioritize a grantee that aligns with some of the following:

  • Addresses root cause issues of inequity in access to nutritious food.
  • Serves the local community through programming, community-specific food access, access to land, or work.
  • Supports community-based leaders to solve problems, steward land, teach gardening, preparing, and cooking with community members
  • Empowers organizations where modest funding can have significant impact.
  • Regenerates ecological webs from soil systems to pollinator networks (perhaps even propogates heirloom seeds and/or incorporates agroforestry)
  • Focuses on biodynamic/organic practices that mitigate air and water pollution, and toxins in the environment and human bodies
  • Raises animals in ethical, and humane ways.
  • Transforms Faith Lands into sustainable gardens and farms
  • Brings farmer stories into bigger conversations and have their voices heard within decision-making venues.

Additional Preferred Attributes

  • Utilizes integrated solutions and benefits from multi-sector partnerships
  • Builds the capacity of communities to absorb environmental stresses and better adapt in the face of increasing natural disasters
  • Able to share learnings and therefore scale tailored solutions regionally or globally


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Types of Organizations/Projects
- Organizations that have community-based leaders in decision-making positions and/or have direct community input on the work
- Overall project / organizational budgets in the low to mid six figures
- 501(c)3 status or equivalency determination to establish tax exempt status
- Occasionally, they will consider innovative, pilot projects or beta organizations of larger organizations that aren’t well-funded (due to structural constraints) but show promising early results

Pre-Application Information
Giving Circle – LOI Submission Dates:
June 2024 Meeting – submit between December 1, 2023 – January 17, 2024

Submit a letter of inquiry using the online application system. You will receive an automatic acknowledgement that confirms your inquiry was submitted. The foundation typically responds within 45 days from the submission date deadline to inform you if the Trustees will invite a full proposal.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will be in the $15,000-$30,000 range—the aim is to be influential by giving what for the organization is significant funding, but not to create dependency

Term of Contract
The Foundation will make multi-year grants on a selective basis.

Contact Information
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