Food and Farm Communications Fund

Fund Description: 

Launched in 2012, the Food and Farm Communications Fund is a multi-funder collaborative and pooled grant program organized around a shared belief in the role of strategic communications and narrative to build power and embolden transformative change in our food and farm systems. The Food and Farm Communications Fund provides targeted communications funding and resources to community-based organizations working at the forefront of food and farm systems change. The Fund advances communications initiatives and media projects to help shift narrative and further the goals of the grassroots and their allies. The Fund also seeks to influence increased funding and prioritization of communications as an essential tool in movement-building and systems change.

In 2018, the Fund undertook an evaluation to learn from its history, better understand the communications needs and priorities of its grantee population, and to adjust its program offerings for deepened impact. To learn more about the findings of this evaluation, read Funding Food and Farm Communications.

Contact Person: 
​​For general inquiries or if you’d like to explore joining the Fund as a funder partner, please contact Hilde Steffey at

Fund Offerings:
The Core Grants Program is the central offering of the Food and Farm Communications Fund, awarding targeted communications support to community-based nonprofit organizations and grassroots networks working to advance systemic and cultural change across our food and farm systems. A program overview as well as criteria, restrictions, and application details can be found online at

In early 2019, the Fund will launch its Capacity Mini-Grants Program, providing small grants to support communications capacity-building and professional development opportunities for community-based organizations with limited resources. Check back for full details:

In late 2019, the Fund will announce its inaugural Impact Media Awards, a new offering designed to spotlight filmmakers, writers, and investigative reporters who are captivating audiences through insightful and illuminating media projects; and, in doing so, challenging what we think about the food we eat, where it comes from, and the many areas of impact across the food system. Impact Media Awards are closed to inquiry and by invitation only.

Application Deadlines:
Letters of Interest for the Core Grants Program will be accepted through December 28, 2018.

Application details for the Capacity Mini-Grants program will be announced in early 2019:

Application/iGAM Instructions:
Please read the grant guidelines and application instructions in their entirety before you begin an application. If you have technical questions relating to iGAM, please contact or call 816.627.3452.

All Letter of Interest forms must be submitted through the Internet Grant Application Module (iGAM) by 5:00 p.m. on the due date.

  • First-time iGAM users will need to create a user name and password via the “New Applicant?” link on the iGAM homepage. Previous iGAM users may log in using their existing iGAM account credentials.
  • Users are encouraged to create a single username and password for their organization to be shared among staff.
  • If you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot Password?” field to recover your password.
  • Save the iGAM homepage to your web browser in order to access and resume draft applications as well as to review previously submitted applications.

The Letter of Interest form for the Food and Farm Communications Fund can be found here: Food and Farm Communications Fund Letter of Interest