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Washington State Organic and Sustainable Farming Fund (SOSFF)

Tilth Alliance

Closed February 21, 2020

About

Tilth Alliance will be accepting applications by farmers seeking financial assistance to support projects that will improve the economic viability, social impacts, or environmental sustainability of their farm businesses. The goal of this grant program is to enhance the operations of farmers practicing responsible and progressive methods such as sustainable soil management, crop diversification, habitat preservation, climate change mitigation and environmentally-safe waste management practices.  

Grant funds are available for projects that will improve environmental, sustainable, social and economic impacts to farm businesses, through actions that will create a new revenue stream, improve quality of life, improve operations, or increase sustainability.

Eligibility

This grant program is a single year grant, running May-January. At this time, multi-year grants are not available. Note that an individual farm business is not eligible to receive more than $20,000 over a five-year period. This grant program is open to all Washington State farmers who:

  • Currently employ or are adopting practices that follow regenerative, sustainable, and/or organic principles (this includes conventional farms that are transitioning into organic, sustainable, or regenerative production). 

  • Have been in business for at least two years.

  • Are seeking to improve and/or expand their operation, improve environmental impacts, or become a more sustainable business. 

Terms

Priority given to:

  • Projects that enhance and measure carbon sequestration, restore soil health, utilize cover crops, preserve and create habitats, increase biodiversity, and employ environmentally safe waste management practices. 

  • Conventional farmers who want to transition to organic, sustainable, or regenerative practices. 

  • Projects that involve resource sharing and community impact (i.e. Can more than one farm benefit from the project?, Will you be able to share research, knowledge, and resources acquired through the grant with others?)

  • Previous grantees are eligible to apply but priority will be given to new applicants (see eligibility requirements above). 

Grant requests can be made up to $10,000. Proposals should have objectives that are realistically achievable with this level of funding in a 9-month period (May-January). The total granted amount must be spent by January 31st of the following year. The amount granted (whether in part or in full) will depend on proposed uses and need of applicant pool. Multi-year projects or those exceeding the maximum allowed request will not be funded. Tilth Alliance recognizes the importance of multi-year projects but cannot guarantee funding for projects beyond a single year.

If the proposal includes equipment costs, applicant must justify the expense and explain why equipment sharing is not a viable alternative.

Resources

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Details

Deadline

February 21, 2020

Organization

Tilth Alliance

Financial Instrument

Grant

Maximum Award Amount

$10,000

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Updated September 28, 2021

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