BIPOC Farmer Micro-Grants
Rodale Institute offers a micro-grant program specifically targeted to support projects and consulting for small-scale BIPOC* farmers, whether you’re organic, transitioning to organic, or an aspiring organic farmer.
Grant funding is focused on needs such as tools, equipment, training, consulting, or anything that ensures the farmer’s success. Funding should have the potential to positively impact a farmer’s transition to organic, allow them to better market their products, or solve a particular problem that is typically un-fundable through normal operational or lending strategies. Projects that have a high level of potential impact on the individual farm and/or the communities they serve will be given the highest priority.
*Black, Indigenous & People of Color
How does the program work?
Applicant Eligibility: Any U.S. small-scale BIPOC farmer who is currently organic or wishes to pursue the transition process to become organic, or any student/intern/apprentice farmer involved in an organic operation is eligible to apply for these funds. The Organic Farmers Association is a partner in the process to identify and screen potential recipients for the grants. Full application details are listed below.
Funding Amount: Projects will be prioritized based on potential impact and success. Project budgets should be a maximum of $2,000.
Program Management: This program will be managed out of the Rodale Institute Finance office and will be governed by all Institute policies and procedures related to invoice submission and payment, governing policies of the Institute regarding culture, and are subject to recall if regulations and procedures are not adhered to.
Reporting: An annual report will be due 60 days after the end of the project. Please submit the report to Elaine Macbeth, CFO/ Senior VP of Administration at Rodale Institute, BIPOCgrants@RodaleInstitute.org.
How to Apply
Timeframe: Applications open January 1 and are due by February 28th of each year. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of Rodale Institute staff and board members, Organic Farmers Association, and/or partnerships with other groups as appropriate. Funding decisions will be made by April 30th. Funds will be available immediately and released as per the demands of the project being funded.
Application Process: The application process is a streamlined process requiring a complete application and budget (see BIPOC Application link). Additional appendices are permitted with a total limit of 5 pages. The Finance office is available to help with any or all parts of the application process. Input from Rodale Institute staff or any other office is no assurance that the project being submitted will be funded.Apply Here
Below is a sample list of projects the Institute would consider fundable through this micro-grant. This list is not exhaustive and is meant for guidance and inspiration.
On-farm consulting by Rodale Institute Organic Consultants to support transition to organic
Hosting or attending workshops or educational events
Small-scale facility upgrades: cooler projects, raised bed construction, cold frames, etc.
Farmers Market marketing materials to improve sales
Unique outreach promotion designed to attract consumer attention
Special purpose software
Farm visitor experience enhancement such as tent, tables, displays, sound system, etc.
Book writing and publication
Stipend or tuition for a class
Stipend for internship, travel and/or apprenticeship
Professional farm photos, videos, or website
Please contact Elaine Macbeth, CFO/Senior VP of Administration at Rodale Institute, at BIPOCgrants@RodaleInstitute.org.