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Fund Purpose

From wildfires to drought to global pandemics, farming is risky business. This is even more true for smaller family farms and those from BIPOC, immigrant, and disadvantaged communities. Despite being the heart of our local food systems, these community-scale entrepreneurs too often fall between the cracks of traditional safety nets and government aid. That’s where we come in. The California Family Farmer Emergency Fund offers direct financial support to small-scale farmers impacted by disaster with the aim of helping them weather the storm. If you’re a farmer seeking assistance, read on. Or click here to donate.

  • Family farmers who are actively working the land, derive a portion of their income from their own farm business, and are involved in the day-to-day operations of the farm
  • Farmers whose operations make a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $400,000 in gross sales annually
  • Because of systems of historic oppression, the most vulnerable populations often bear the brunt of a crisis. For this reason, at least 50% of all grant funds will be awarded to farmers of color, immigrant farmers, and undocumented farmers.

See below for the current status of our three fund categories, as well as instructions on how to apply. Grant applications will be reviewed after the application period closes. Distribution of funds may take up to a few months. Scroll down for Frequently Asked Questions or to learn more about how CAFF’s Emergency Fund is managed. 

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Farm losses resulting from  the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic disruptions, including sales, markets, sick leave, etc. Deadline to apply: August 31, 2021.


Farm losses from wildfires during the 2021 growing season, includes loss of property, equipment, crops, sales, etc.


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Farm losses resulting from the 2021 drought, including loss of crops, sales, unexpected expenses, well drilling, etc. Deadline to apply for 1st round of funding: August 31, 2021.


At this time we are not accepting applications from non-profit, educational or demonstration farms. 

This fund is specifically designed for farms in California only.

This fund is specifically for people who operate their own farm businesses. Employees who’ve lost work are encouraged to seek unemployment support. For workers who are undocumented, check out this link for a list of relief fund opportunities.

Yes! In fact, undocumented farmers will be prioritized, given their ineligibility for other federal funds.

Yes, you can apply. Please fill out the application and describe how your business plan and sales and/or plan for future sales have been impacted.

We will prioritize diversified food farming operations, but farmers of most crop types or ranchers raising any type of livestock are eligible to apply. At this time cannabis is not eligible.

This year, funds will be awarded as $5,000 grants per farm.

We know that people from all backgrounds are hurting during this crisis. We also recognize that historic and lasting inequities in the California food and farming system have left some groups more vulnerable. Despite facing significant hardships, undocumented farmers are not eligible for federal stimulus funds and other government resources. And as a result of long-standing inequities, farmers of color statistically have less access to savings, capital, healthcare and land-ownership to help carry them through an economic crisis. It’s for these reasons that we feel a responsibility to ensure that our fund reaches those needing the most support in this time of crisis, while still making a significant portion available to all farmers.


The Emergency Fund is a nonprofit-advised fund created by Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and housed at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Funds will be distributed by CAFF to grantees. 

We’ve assembled an Advisory Committee to oversee the selection process. Members are from several farmer-serving organizations and represent racial, cultural and geographic diversity to inform the best decision-making. Members will meet every other week and select proposals to be awarded.


COVID-19 relief is made possible through SB-85 and the California Underserved and Small Producers (CUSP) program