Saturday, June 14, 2008

Grants for Organic Farming Research, Education, and Outreach Programs

From The Foundation Center...

Organic Farming Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Research and Education and Outreach Grants

Deadline: July 15, 2008; and November 17, 2008

The Organic Farming Research Foundation ( http://ofrf.org/ ) grants program is open to all applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. OFRF particularly encourages farmers, ranchers, researchers, and extension personnel to consider applying for funding.
The foundation offers grants in the areas of Research and Education and Outreach. Research Grants provide support for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to the greater agricultural community. Proposals must involve farmers or ranchers in project design and implementation and take place on working organic farms or ranches whenever possible. In addition, proposals should articulate how the proposed research project will foster the improvement or adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF will only fund projects in North America (which includes Canada, the United States, and Mexico). The average research grant awarded in OFRF's last funding cycle was $13,300.

OFRF will not fund a project for more than $15,000 per year except for fruit research grants, for which the maximum grant size is $20,000 per year.

Education and Outreach Grants fund the development of educational opportunities and materials that are pertinent to organic agricultural production or marketing and are aimed at organic producers and/or those considering making the transition to organic certification. OFRF will also accept proposals to fund activities that promote information sharing among organic agricultural researchers and organic farmers and ranchers. OFRF usually does not fund development of educational materials targeted primarily at consumers or the general public or programs for children. The average education/outreach grant awarded in OFRF's last funding cycle was $8,883.

Proposals are considered twice a year. The deadlines and notification dates for the next two granting cycles are July 15, 2008, and November 17, 2008.

Visit the Web site of the Organic Farming Research Foundation for complete program guidelines and funding restrictions.

RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15013642/ofrf

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