Foundation Grants

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

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)

A free search tool, FDO Quick Start, providing free, public access to essential information about over 100,000 foundations and over 250,000 IRS Forms 990-PF.

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders 

SAFSF is not a grantmaking organization but does provide some resources aimed at helping NGOs.

Sample of Foundations Which Have Funded

Food and Agriculture Projects
Ben & Jerry's Foundation

The mission of the Ben & Jerry's Foundation is to engage Ben & Jerry's employees in philanthropy and social change work; to give back to our Vermont communities; and to support grassroots activism and community organizing for social and environmental justice around the country.

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 is a US focused family foundation created by the late pediatrician and entrepreneur, Dr. David H. Smith in the mid-1990s.  The Cedar Tree Foundation's grant making focuses on the following areas of concern: Children's Environmental Health Initiative, Sustainable Grazing Initiative, Environmental Idea Center, and others.

CHS Foundation

Most interested in funding university partnerships, rural youth leadership development, cooperative education, returning value to rural communities, and farm and agriculture safety.

Claneil Foundation

Founded in 1968, the Claneil Foundation is a private foundation located in the Philadelphia region that seeks to improve the health of families and communities through advancements in health and human services, a sustainable food system, education and the protection of the environment. The Foundation provides general operating and program support grants locally, and awards seed funding to emerging projects and organizations that have the potential for significant impact in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. The Claneil Foundation's mission is to support effective individuals and organizations committed to improving the health of families and communities through advancements in health and human services, a sustainable food system, education and the protection of our environment. The foundation supports nonprofits through four competitive grant programs: Community Fund, Emerging Leaders Fund, Critical Issue Fund, and the Partnership Fund

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

The mission of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation is to protect and improve the quality of life through support of programs in the environment, human health, education and the arts. The foundation accepts grant applications in three program areas: Environment and Health, Education and Music.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation supports leaders and institutions working on issues their founders cared about most, which include: fighting climate change, providing access to health & early learning, advancing reproductive health and rights, ensuring a better future for the ocean, empowering the next generation of scientists & engineers, supporting local communities, protecting and conserving the North American West, gaining knowledge through science, and helping farmers protect our planet and nourish the world.

Farm Aid

Each year, proceeds from Farm Aid’s annual concert and our generous community of donors are granted to IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working to strengthen family farm agriculture in the United States. Since our first concert in 1985, we’ve granted more than $22 million to over 300 organizations nationwide. Farm Aid’s grantees are critical on-the-ground partners in the movement to keep family farmers on the land, producing good food for all.

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.

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

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation was established in 1947 by Charles F. Noyes as a memorial to his wife, Jessie Smith Noyes. The Foundation's mission is to support grassroots organizations and movements in the United States working to change environmental, social, economic and political conditions to bring about a more just, equitable and sustainable world. The foundation 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. The Foundation's current Funding Priorities are Environmental Justice, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Reproductive Rights, and an Environmentally Sustainable New York City. The Foundation makes a particular effort to include in its funding portfolio a significant percentage of organizations led by people of color. 

Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation works 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. This foundation invests through the following focus areas: accelerating community-centered approaches to health and developing healthy places.

Lawson Valentine Foundation 

The Valentine Foundation is a charitable foundation committed to funding organizations and programs that produce significant change in the social, economic and political systems and institutions that impact the lives of women and girls in order to make those lives more equitable.

Oxfam America

Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. We help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Its mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions.

RSF Social Finance

RSF Social Finance’s current borrowers and grantees are a diverse group of entrepreneurs with one thing in common: a social mission that, at their core, drives what they do and how they do it. RSF Social Finance ensures that whether they’re preserving farmland or creating new opportunities for youth, all of their organizations are working toward social, economic, and ecological benefit.

Solidago Foundation

The Solidago Foundation's 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.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. 

Woodcock Foundation

The Woodcock foundation supports community development especially when there is an opportunity to improve the educational, economic and environmental circumstances of communities in need. Particular attention is given to programs that encourage and reward leadership, foster entrepreneurship and enhance the quality of life.