Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

The CCOF Foundation, in collaboration with partner organizations UNFI Foundation, Driscoll’s, the National Cooperative Grocers Association, and Clif Bar Family Foundation, will be making grants in three educational categories in 2015. Kindergarten through eighth grade and higher and vocational education grant applications will open on April 10, 2015 and will be due May 15, 2015. High school grants will be made through Future Farmers of America (FFA) and will be open September 2015 and will be due in November.

Categories and requirements are below. To learn more about the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, please contact us at ccoffoundation@ccof.org or (831) 423-2263.

2014 Grant Recipients

AITCKindergarten through Eighth Grade:
The Look at Agriculture… Organically! grants
$1,000 grants awarded to at least 10 schools through a partnership with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. This grant program will reopen April 2015.

The Look at Agriculture… Organically! grants are available for K-8 teachers nationally for agricultural classroom projects that follow the organic production standards of the USDA.

  • Applications will be available through the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom in April 2015.

FFAHigh School:
Grants for individuals to complete organic Supervised Agriculture Experience projects with FFA
$1,000 grants available for at least 10 individuals through a partnership with Future Farmers of America (FFA). This grant program will reopen September 2015.Applicants must currently be in grades 7-12

  • Applicants must be current Future Farmers of America (FFA) members planning to do a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • Proposed SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) project must follow organic production standards of the USDA
  • Applications will be available through the national FFA in September 2015

Vocational and Higher Education:
Grants for students to study organic agriculture nationally
$2,500 grants for at least 10 individuals

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund vocational and higher education grants are available for students enrolled in educational programs that will benefit their future careers in organic production or in becoming an organic professional. This grant program will reopen in April 2015.

The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund makes grants to students attending a program that fits into one of three categories:

  • Vocational training/certificate programs: Six-week to two-year technical hands-on training/apprenticeship programs focused on agricultural production.
  • Junior college/two-year degrees: Colleges offering courses for two years beyond high school, either as a complete training or in preparation for completion at a four-year college.
  • Bachelor’s/four year undergraduate degrees: Degree programs at a college or university in undergraduate studies. This grant program is not open to graduate students.