Grant Application Info

Photo of farmers in the fieldApplying for Grants

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program offers funding for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to organic farmers and the greater agricultural and research communities.

The next Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released for the 2015 funding cycle. Application guidelines, requirements, and the closing date for 2015 will be announced in the fall of 2014. Sign up to receive news updates from OFRF, and write to grants@ofrf.org for more information.

Note: OFRF’s annual grant cycle has changed; we now accept proposals in the spring for one cycle of awards per year.

OFRF invites proposals from all applicants. OFRF particularly encourages farmers, ranchers, researchers, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding. Farmers and ranchers often find that working with a professional researcher helps to design and carry out a research project, and OFRF encourages applications from such partnerships. The program is open to all applicants residing in Canada, Mexico and the United States. OFRF does not fund projects outside of these countries. 

Overview of the Research Grants Program

OFRF offers funding for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to organic farmers and the greater agricultural and research communities. Proposals must involve farmers or ranchers in project design and implementation and must take place on certified organic land, ideally on working organic farms or ranches. Applicants should articulate how the proposed research project will foster the improvement or adoption of organic farming systems, as well as ways in which organic farmers or ranchers can utilize proposed results in their operations. Research projects must include strong education and outreach components and contain measurable objectives. OFRF research grants are intended to fund agricultural research in certified organic settings. OFRF does not provide funding to start or expand a commercial enterprise.   

ATTENTION FARMERS AND RANCHERS: 

Other funding opportunities may be available to you if you are a farmer, beginning farmer, landowner, Extension educator/specialist, or researcher working on related topics. Please refer to the publication “Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities” online at http://attra.ncat.org/guide/.

OFRF offers prospective applicants guidance on writing your proposal. Contact OFRF at 831-426-6606 or grants@ofrf.org for details.