Meet Some of Our Grantees
Received a grant to accelerate carbon farming in Northern California by providing technical assistance to ranchers, supporting the fiber supply chain, and certifying responsible wool.
Received a grant to build a national network of regenerative agriculture practitioners, to support the development of supply chain infrastructure, and to honor and support the wisdom and knowledge in indigenous food production practices.
Received a grant to advance climate smart conservation in California by supporting Point Blue’s partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service that helps secure federal conservation dollars for ranchers.
We Want A Greener World. Real transparency in food production from the farm right through to the plate.
Received a grant to build a community of Upper Midwest farmers, called the Soil Builders’ Network, that connects crop and livestock farmers and advances regenerative practices.
Received a grant to empower farmers and ranchers with the knowledge of regenerative agriculture practices that help heal the land, strengthen businesses, and improve quality of life.
Our Grantmaking Process
RAF conducts grantmaking twice a year by invitation only, roughly once in the summer and once in the winter. RAF is currently focused on US-based activities.
RAF’s grantmaking approach is reflected well in the document “Healthy Soils to Cool the Planet: A Philanthropic Action Guide”, written by RAF board member Betsy Taylor. The guide emphasizes the need for rapid action, for more philanthropic risk-taking, for demonstrating and communicating successes, and for taking a whole systems perspective. The guide outlines multiple change levers for advancing regenerative agriculture.
To date RAF’s grantmaking has focused on farmer to farmer programs, supply chains, communications, and networks. In addition, RAF has a strong commitment to advancing racial equity and justice as essential components of a regenerative agricultural system.
RAF was created as an intermediary funder for multiple reasons:
- To provide pooled funds and other tools to support collaborative funding into regenerative agriculture from across multiple sectors. Regenerative agriculture may not be the central focus of foundations that prioritize grantmaking in climate, public health, racial equity, and rural economic development, but regenerative agriculture is an important vehicle for advancing all of the goals.
- To encourage funders to see their work as part of an ambitious, transformational vision for agricultural systems. Agriculture is inherently a risk-averse sector dependent on annual cycles, and consequently change tends to be slow and incremental. Yet for many reasons, our ecosystems and our communities need systemic solutions, and fast. RAF seeks to create connections and partnerships between these short-term and long-term efforts, assuring that we collectively learn from the project work and celebrate each small step while continuing to envision long-term transformation.
- To serve funders as a repository of information and guidance about opportunities to advance regenerative agriculture. RAF staff, board, and partners maintain relationships with nonprofit organizations and networks across the country and are happy to talk with funders about grantmaking.
Get In Touch
The Regenerative Agriculture Foundation has an invitation-only process for grantmaking. If you have an idea that you would like to have considered, we welcome you to send a brief paragraph about your vision through the form on this page. A staff member will get back to you and help determine whether it is a good fit.