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 previous grant recipients.

Future Organic Farmer Grants are available for applicants in three categories:

K-8

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Teachers

FFA

High School Students
 

Higher Ed/Vocational

Vocational and Higher Education Students

K-8

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Teachers:
Get funds to incorporate organic into your classroom’s project-based learning.

AWARD AMOUNT: Up to $1,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS: 33

PURPOSE OF AWARD: The CCOF Foundation and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom administer the Look at Agriculture…Organically! grant program for K-8 teachers who teach their students about organic in the classroom.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be certified K-8 teachers in the United States. Applicants must submit a project proposal with an itemized budget for a project to be completed in the 2016-17 school year. A significant percentage of grant funding will go to teachers in school districts with 50% or more of its students enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program.

DEADLINE: The application period for 2016-17 school year grants has closed. Revisit this page in January 2017 for the 2017 deadlines.

 

High School

High School Students:
Get a grant for your organic FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project.

AWARD AMOUNT: $1,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS: 33

PURPOSE OF AWARD: The CCOF Foundation gives grants to help high school students cover the expenses of conducting FFA SAE projects using organic production methods.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be students in grades 7-11 who are current FFA members planning to do a SAE project. Proposed SAE project must follow USDA organic production standards. Applicants’ financial need is taken into account for grant decisions.

DEADLINE: Applications Open September 1, Deadline is mid-November, 2016. Apply on the FFA website.

 

Vocation/Higher Ed

Vocational and Higher Education Students:
We can help you pay for your studies in organic agriculture.

AWARD AMOUNT: $2,500

NUMBER OF AWARDS: 33

PURPOSE OF AWARD: The CCOF Foundation gives grants to higher education and vocational students pursuing organic agriculture programs to help with tuition and educational expenses.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be enrolled in educational programs in the United States that will benefit their careers in organic agriculture, including vocational training/certificate programs, junior college/two-year degree programs, and bachelor’s/four-year undergraduate degrees. Applicants’ financial need is taken into account for grant decisions.

DEADLINE: The application period for 2016-17 school year grants has closed. Revisit this page in January 2017 for the 2017 deadlines.


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