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

2017 Grantmaking Cycle

Each year, Threshold Funding Circles will have a single, 6-month grantmaking cycle from February to August. For more information on Threshold's general grantmaking program, please visit the Grants page. 

Grant Cycle Guidelines

In 2017 Threshold Funding Circles will no longer solicit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs). All Funding Circles will issue invitation-only Requests for Proposals (RFPs) beginning in February. The process for determining invitations is decided by each Funding Circle – interested applicants should be aware that the resources of the foundation are limited and only invited organizations can be considered.

We will fund 501(c)(4)’s. We do not have diversity requirements. There are no official limits on the budget size of an organization, but we have a preference for organizations that have projects budgets, which are under 1 million dollars a year. We tend to fund mostly in the US but occasionally fund internationally. We try to find and fund projects that act as acupuncture points that catalyze fundamental change in the dominant agriculture paradigm. 

2017 Threshold Grantmaking Calendar

December 2, 2016

Funding Circles post 2017 grant guidelines online

February 17, 2017

Request for Proposal (RFP) invitations sent to selected organizations

March 24, 2017

Proposal submissions due by 5pm Pacific

May 5, 2017

Evaluation invites/declines sent to all proposal applicants

August 1, 2017

2017 Final grant decisions made and announced

August 18, 2017

2017 Grant award checks mailed

 

 

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