Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

Growing Future Organic Producers and Professionals

The United States is facing an epidemic shortage of farmers. Among the challenges to meet the rising demand for organic products that are healthy for both people and the planet is the need for new organic farmers and entrepreneurs. The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund supports the next generation of organic producers through small grants that support organic education from kindergarten through the end of college. Meet the past grant recipients.

The CCOF Foundation gives Future Organic Farmer Grants in three categories: kindergarten through eighth grade, high school, and vocational and higher education.

 

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
Look at Agriculture… Organically! grants through the California Foundation for Agriculture in the ClassroomAg in the Classroom
$1,000 grants awarded to up to 30 schools nationally through a partnership with the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

K-8 Future Organic Farmer Grants are available to certified K-8 teachers nationwide. The grants—up to $1,000 in value—are provided to facilitate the integration organic agriculture into regular classroom instruction.

Application Requirements:

  • A project proposal with an itemized budget
  • Project must be completed within the 2016-17 school year
  • Project must follow organic production and handling standards from the National Organic Program
 
Apply Now! Deadline: May 15, 2016, 12:00 a.m. PST

 

FFAHigh School
Grants for high school students to complete organic Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) projects with FFA
$1,000 grants available for up to 30 individuals through a partnership with the National FFA Organization (FFA)

Future Organic Farmer Grants for high school FFA students are available for current FFA members in grades 7-12 who are planning to conduct an SAE project.

Application Requirements:

  • Proposed SAE project must follow USDA organic production standards
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
 
This grant program will reopen September 2016.

 

Vocational and Higher Education
Grants for students to study organic agriculture nationally
$2,500 grants for up to 30 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. The Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund makes grants to students attending a program that fits into one of three categories: vocational training/certificate programs, junior college/two-year degrees, and bachelor’s/four-year undergraduate degrees. This grant program is not open to graduate students.

How to apply for a vocational/higher education Future Organic Farmer Grant:

Applications for vocational and higher education grants must be submitted through an online application software hosted by our partner UNFI. Please click here for instructions.

 
Apply Now! Deadline: May 15, 2016, 12:00 a.m. PST

 

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

 

Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund Partners

These organic businesses and community leaders are helping the CCOF Foundation change the way the world eats!

CCOF Processor/Handler Chapter Clif Bar Family Foundation Driscoll's
Duncan Family Farms Forager Frey Vineyards
Frontier Co-op Green Ox INFRA
National Co+op Grocers Organic Valley's FAFO Fund SunRidge
UNFI Foundation