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.

2018 Grantmaking Cycle

Each year, Threshold Funding Circles will have a single, 6-month grantmaking cycle from February to August. Guidelines and the 2018 calendar are below. 

Guidelines

We try to find and fund projects that act as acupuncture points that catalyze fundamental change in the dominat agriculture paradigm. 

We fund both organizations with 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 statuses. We do not have a diversity requirement. While there is no official limit on the budget size, we have a preference for organizations with a project budget under $1 million a year. Finally, we tend to fund US-based organizations but occasionally fund internationally as well. 

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

2018 Grant award checks mailed

 

 

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