Food and Farming

Our Mission & Guidelines

The dominant system of agriculture in the United States today is damaging our health and the health of the planet. We can accelerate visionary philanthropy in support of emerging leadership and community efforts for systemic change. The food revolution requires us to act now. Ag is the most fundamental need of all humanity and is the causal nexus for addressing issues of environmental degradation, climate change, human health, inequality and injustice. We work collaboratively to change the discourse among funders and policymakers and to transition from destructive farming policies and practices towards regenerative model of agriculture. We are regrowing food systems that respect the integrity, diversity and resilience of communities and ecosystems.

Our Mission:

To transition from destructive farming policies and practices towards a regenerative model of agriculture. We are regrowing food systems that respect the integrity, diversity and resilience of communities and ecosystems.

Our Strategy:

We work collaboratively to change the discourse among funders and policymakers to bring about fundamental change. Our strategy is to identify projects that serve as acupuncture points to activate forces of life which transform our relationship with the natural world. At this time, proposals for funding are accepted by invitation only.

For the 2017 grantmaking cycle we will prioritize the following two strategies:

  1. Supporting those who are shifting agricultural paradigms
  2. Supporting innovative advocates for food system change

2018 Grantmaking Cycle

Each year, Threshold Funding Circles will have a single, 6-month grantmaking cycle from February to August. General grant cycle guidelines and the 2018 calendar are below. Specific Funding Circle guidelines and revised mission statements will be posted online by November 2017.

Grant Cycle Guidelines

More information about the 2018 funding cycle will be posted in November 2017.

2018 Threshold Grantmaking Calendar

December 1, 2017

Funding Circles post 2018 grant guidelines online

February 16, 2018

Request for Proposal (RFP) invitations sent to selected organizations

March 23, 2018

Proposal submissions due by 5pm Pacific

May 4, 2018

Evaluation invites/declines sent to all proposal applicants

July 31, 2018

2018 Final grant decisions made and announced

August 17, 2018

2017 Grant award checks mailed

 

 

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