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The following foundations are potential sources of grants for agriculture and food system-related projects. This list is updated regularly so check back from time to time.


Directories of Food System Funders


Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders

SAFSF is not a grantmaking organization but we do provide some resources aimed at helping NGOs


Community Food Funders (NY-NJ-CT)

This directory is an ongoing project of Community Food Funders. Currently in beta version, we are looking to build this directory to eventually include every philanthropic entity active in the food system in our region.


Foundation Directory Online (Foundation Center)

Basic serches are free; have to subscribe to do more sophisticated searches. Also offers plenty of grant writing tips and tools.


Sample of Foundatons Which Have Funded Food and Agriculture Projects


CHS Foundation

Most interested in funding university partnerships, rural youth leadership development, Cooperative Education, returning value to rural communities, and farm and agriculture aafety.


Farm Foundation

Farm Foundation, NFP, a 501(c)(3) public charity, serves as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information to foster deeper understanding of issues shaping the future for agriculture, food systems and rural regions. Farm Foundation, NFP does not lobby or advocate; its 76-year reputation for objectivity allows it to bring together diverse stakeholders for discussions on issues and public policies.



Ben & Jerry's Foundation

30 Community Drive

South Burlington, VT 05403



The Bullitt Foundation

the Foundation looks for high risk, high potential payoff opportunities to exert unusual leverage. It has a special interest in demonstrating innovative approaches that promise to solve multiple problems simultaneously. It searches the world for successful projects and policies that can be adapted to the Pacific Northwest. It strives to build the intellectual foundations and political support needed for sweeping innovation.



Castanea Foundation, Inc.

Castanea Foundation was established to conserve and protect agriculturally productive and environmentally significant land and water resources in select areas of Vermont and New York. Castanea develops and supports projects designed to conserve the environment and the working landscape by protecting land, and fostering economically viable, environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.


Cedar Tree Foundation

The Cedar Tree Foundation's grant making focuses on the following areas of concern: Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Education, and Environmental Health



Claneil Foundation

The Claneil Foundation

works to create healthy communities by supporting nonprofit organizations making an impact in the areas of hunger and nutrition/food system, health and human services, education, and the environment.


Farm Aid

Farm Aid works year-round to build a system of agriculture that values family farmers, good food, soil and water, and strong communities. Our annual concert celebrates farmers, eaters and music coming together for change.


Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

To promote the long-term good health and viability of communities and regions by supporting programs to prevent harm to human health from toxic substances and other environmental hazards; by encouraging planning and development at the regional level, aimed at integrating economic and social goals with sound environmental policies; and by supporting initiatives for sustainability in agriculture and food systems.



W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) places the optimal development of children at the center of all we do and calls for healing the profound racial gaps and inequities that exist in our communities. We believe in supporting and building upon the mindsets, methods and modes of change that hold promise to advance children's best interests generally, and those of vulnerable children in particular.


The Lumpkin Family Foundation

The Lumpkin Family Foundation has established programs to carry out its Mission of supporting people pursuing innovation and long-lasting improvements in the environment, health, education, and community access to the arts.


Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

JSNF envisions a socially just and environmentally sustainable society in which all people are able to gain the knowledge and build the power they need to exercise their rights and participate fully in the economic, social and political decisions that affect their lives and communities.


Kresge Foundation

We aim to advance opportunity and improve the quality of life for underserved and marginalized populations by supporting work to strengthen the social and economic fabric in American cities.


Oxfam America

Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, we work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change.


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Our grantmaking is focused on ocean and land conservation, climate change mitigation, and scientific research. We invest in action and ideas that conserve and restore ecosystems while enhancing human well-being. We support public policy reforms, changes in private sector practices, and scientific activities to develop essential knowledge and tools for addressing current and future priorities.


RSF Social Finance

Our three focus areas - Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship - consider the long-term impact our investments have on the market as a whole, and the people and places affected by our investments in particular.


Soldiago Foundation

Our mission is to promote justice, equity, sustainability and enfranchisement for all through charitable grantmaking to, and work with, progressive, empowering, community-based organizations and collaborations.


Lawson Valentine Foundation

Primary areas of interest include human rights, environmental and economic justice, and food systems, including sustainable agriculture.

1000 Farmington Avenue

West Hartford, CT 06107


Woodcock Foundation

Support constructive systemic change to improve society and the quality of life, locally, nationally and internationally; support unusually able, innovative individuals who can contribute to such change; seek to take advantage of probable change and to influence it in constructive ways; be alert to special situations where the family has particular interest, knowledge or access to exceptional skill.



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