Farm Aid’s grantees are critical on-the-ground partners across the country in the movement to keep family farmers on the land, producing good food for all. Grants will be made in the following three program areas:
- Helping Farmers Thrive: Grants in this category fund organizations that provide farmers with the tools and resources they need to get started on the land, access new markets, transition to more sustainable farming practices, produce renewable fuels and stay on the land in the face of financial crisis and natural disasters.
- Taking Action to Change the System: Grants in this category fund organizations that promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns to defend and bolster family farm agriculture, lifting the voices of family farmers and promoting their interests on a local, regional or national level
- Growing the Good Food Movement: Grants in this category fund organizations that are creating innovative programs that build local and regional food systems, connecting farmers directly to consumers and creating new value-added markets for family farmers.
Grant awards will be between $3,000 and $10,000. The deadline for letters of inquiry is May 1, 2016.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is looking globally for ideas to help build a Culture of Health in the United States, where everyone has the opportunity to live healthier lives, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make. The Foundation is interested in ideas that have worked abroad and have the potential to be adapted to work in the U.S. RWJF is looking for projects, programs, and models that promote health equity, with particular interest in ideas that build healthy places, build social connection across the lifespan, get and keep children healthy, integrate health and social services, and increase the health care system’s focus on the root cause of poor health. Grants will range from $50,000 to $250,000. The deadline for brief proposals is May 31, 2016.
Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture. The Common Heritage program recognizes that members of the public—in partnership with libraries, museums, archives, and historical organizations—have much to contribute to the understanding of our cultural mosaic. The program supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information—provided by community attendees—about the historical materials. Projects must also present public programming that would expand knowledge of the community’s heritage. The deadline for applications is May 12, 2016.
The American Democracy Project annually recognizes and rewards leadership in civic engagement on our AASCU member campuses.
- The Barbara Burch Award is given in recognition of exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students and advancing the work of AASCU’s American Democracy Project on campus and/or nationally and is presented annually to a tenured or contingent faculty member with more than five years of teaching experience on an AASCU campus who has demonstrated leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduates. The Award recipient will receive a commemorative to acknowledge the national recognition and a check for $500. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2016.
- The William M. Plater Award is given in recognition of exemplary leadership in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates through programs and activities that encourage greater knowledge, skills, experiences and reflection about the role of citizens in a democracy and is presented annually to an AASCU chief academic officer. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative to acknowledge the national recognition and a check for $1,000. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2016
- The John Saltmarsh Award is given in recognition of exemplary early-career leaders who are advancing the wider civic engagement movement through higher education to build a broader public culture of democracy and is presented annually to an emerging leader in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution or ADP Partner. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative to acknowledge the national recognition and a check for $500. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2016.
The Culture of Health Leaders program will develop a large cadre of leaders from diverse sectors (e.g., public policy, business, technology, community development and planning, education, transportation, public health, health care, and others) to work with organizations, communities, health systems, and policymakers to build a Culture of Health in America. Over the course of the three-year program, each cohort of leaders will complete a leadership development curriculum, as well as individual and collaborative projects, that support the cultural shifts at the local, state, and national levels that are necessary for all people to have opportunities to achieve their best possible health and well-being. The program will select up to 50 leaders with each leader having access to up to $20,000 per year for three years. The deadline for receipt of full applications is April 19, 2016.