Farm Aid, the rural fundraising event spawned by a series of concerts in the mid-1980, opens its 2015 grants program to keep alive the family farm.
Opportunity: 2015 Farm Aid Grant Program; Funding Focus: Agriculture and education; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Up to $10,000 each (multiple awards); Deadline: May 1 (LOI); full proposals must be submitted by Aug. 1
Summary: Farm Aid supports nonprofit organizations that work to maintain a family farm system of agriculture and that promote solutions to the challenges facing rural communities. Grants of $3,000 to $10,000 are provided. There are a number of grants categories:
- Growing the Good Food Movement supports programs that build local and regional food systems, connecting farmers directly to consumers and creating new value-added markets for family farmers.
- Helping Farmers Thrive focuses on projects that provide farmers with the resources needed to get started on the land, access new markets, transition to more sustainable farming practices, produce renewable fuels, and stay on the land in the face of financial crisis and natural disasters.
- Taking Action to Change the System funds organizations that promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns to defend family farm agriculture.
Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Since then, Farm Aid has raised more than $45 million to redistribute to organizations that promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.