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Farmer Matt from Happy Acre Farm

The 2020 Grant Cycle LOI deadline was Friday, January 10, 2020.

We will begin accepting submissions for the 2021 Grant Cycle on December 4, 2020.

2020 Grant Cycle Preferences and Requirements:

Grants in amounts ranging from $2,000-$5,000 will be awarded in April 2020 (75% of grant followed by 25% in December 2020). Projects should help farms operate more sustainably, both environmentally and economically, as well as strengthen community outreach. For examples of past grantees’ sustainability projects, visit the Alumni Grantees page.

Please note: we’re not currently funding farms that have already received a FGCF grant.

Preferences for 2020 projects include (but are not limited to):

  • Water Conservation (for example, drip irrigation & water catchment)
  • Natural Pest Control (for example, owl or bat boxes)
  • Pollination (for example, beehives & pollinator hedgerows)
  • Soil Health (for example, cover crops & hoop houses)
  • Energy Efficiency (for example, renewable energy options like solar, geothermal & wind)
  • Disaster mitigation (for example, recovery from fire, flooding, etc)
  • Increase low-income consumers’ access to food (for example, expanding CSA shares)
  • Community building & education (for example, education for new farmers, students, refugees, etc.


  1. Applicant is an owner/operator of the farm or has long-term, legal access to the land. If
    farming on leased land, a letter of support from the landowner specifying length of the lease
    agreement must be provided with the grant application.
  2. Farm is small to medium-sized as determined by acreage in agricultural production.
  3. Community outreach. Farmer will engage in community outreach, education, or policy
    advocacy surrounding sustainable agriculture. Engagement must be described in the grant
    proposal. Up to 10% of the total grant amount awarded may be used to support efforts for
    community outreach, education, and/or advocacy.


Up to twenty (20) finalists will be invited to submit full applications. You will be notified by email by Monday, February 10, 2020 if you are a finalist or if your application has been declined this year. We receive applications for many worthy projects but have limited funding available. Up to 20 finalists will receive funding. Applicants who do not receive funding are welcome to apply again another year for the same, or a different project.


  • Land purchases
  • Costs associated with labor
  • Projects that require a percentage of the award be used for consultants or administration
  • Requests that are dependent upon receiving funding from a larger grant
  • We’re not currently funding farms that have already received a FGCF grant


LOIs must be submitted by Friday, January 10, 2020 11:59 p.m. PST

Finalists will be notified by Monday, February 10, 2020 to provide a full application

Finalists’ applications must be submitted by Friday, February 28, 2020 11:59 p.m. PST

2020 Grantees will be notified by Friday, April 10, 2020


Grant funds will be awarded in two installments: The first, equaling 75% of the grant awarded,
will be sent to the applicant by early May 2020. The remaining 25% of funds will be dispersed
following submission of a final progress report in December 2020, upon successful
completion of the project. Three progress reports are required: An interim progress report (1-2
pages) with updates and recent photos (or video), a final progress report to be submitted in
December, and an alumni update report, due one year from the grant receipt. Reporting forms
will be emailed to all grant recipients after grants are announced.

Incomplete applications, or those not meeting the requirements stated above, will not be

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