Organic Transition Grants

Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold

Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold’s passion for organic goes beyond barley. They are funding $500,000 in grants to help farmers transition, in partnership with CCOF. If you want to make the transition to organic, you may be eligible for a $5,000 grant.

The CCOF Foundation is pleased to offer grants for organic transition in partnership with Anheuser Busch and their Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Contract for Change program.

Applications open September 21, 2020 and close November 27, 2020.


  1. Producers of all crop types are eligible for organic certification are encouraged to apply. Please note, cannabis and hemp production are not eligible for funding.
  2. Applicant must reside and farm in the United States (this includes U.S. territories)
  3. Applicant must have a minimum of 3-years in production (3 Schedule F Tax return required for application)
  4. Applicant must demonstrate their intent to farm organically
  5. Grant funds may only be used to support the applicants transition to USDA NOP certified organic production methods
  6. Applicant agrees to submit a final report at the end of the grant period and check in for the three years after the grant on the organic status of their fields
  7. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time the application is submitted

Funding Priorities:

  1. Farmers with at least 5-years of production experience
  2. Applicants who are underrepresented in the organic industry including, women, people of color, veterans, farm workers, and people with disabilities
  3. A demonstrated interest in organic production methods
  4. Applicants who have a plan for transitioning to certified organic production or who have identified a means to develop a plan for how they will transition their farm
  5. Farmers who can demonstrate financial need
  6. Preference for farmers who are new to organic farming

Today, less than 1% of America’s farmland is organic, and farmers who want to transition their land face a long and costly process. Hear from CCOF's CEO Kelly Damewood about what we're doing to address this challenge:

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