The sixth round of funding has been awarded. We anticipate this being our last round of awards, pending final fundraising efforts.

Fund Purpose

It’s in these times of crisis that we realize just how valuable–and vulnerable–our family farmers are. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, farmers from across the state, particularly farmers of color and those from immigrant communities, must weather an economic storm that many are unprepared for.

Our emergency fund will directly support family farmers–anchors of our local food systems–to help ensure they make it through this crisis.

Eligibility
  • 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 will bear the brunt of the impact of this crisis. For this reason, at least 50% of all grant funds will be awarded to farmers of color, immigrant farmers, and undocumented farmers
Apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and award decisions will be made every other week based on a fixed dollar amount. Click the button below to fill out the online form to apply.

DONATE
OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL: $275,000
Total Donations 90%

Our new goal is to raise 275,000 and we’re already more than halfway there thanks to our generous funders! Your donation can make a significant difference. Your contribution directly supports farmers as well as CAFF staff to administer the grant program and provide critical COVID-19 resources to our network of family farmers.

Reach out to farmerfund@caff.org if you have any questions or would like to connect with someone about our fund. 

FUND MANAGEMENT 

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. 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE 
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.
 

MEMBERS:

  • Nikiko Masumoto, Masumoto Family Farm, Del Rey
  • Blong Xiong, Fresno Asian Business Institute & Resource Center, Fresno
  • Patricia Miller-Battiste, The Edible Schoolyard Project, Stockton
  • Dennis Hutson, The Allensworth Corporation, Allensworth
  • Robina Bhatti, Robina’s Organics, Salinas
  • Leonard Diggs, Pie Ranch, Pescadero
  • Aparna Gazula, University of California Cooperative Extension, San Jose
  • Sacha Lozano, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, Capitola
  • Laura Murphy, Monterey County Resource Conservation District, Salinas
FAQ

At this time we are not accepting applications from non-profit or educational farms. Nonprofits are currently eligible for both SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

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 farming operations. Farmers of any crop type or ranchers raising any type of livestock are eligible to apply.

Applicants can apply for $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 depending on their demonstrated need. We encourage you to fully consider your needs when applying. We will be able to fund more individual farmers at $1,000 than we will be able to fund at the $5,000 level.

Absolutely. While we recognize that farmers in those regions are particularly impacted and without as many local resources, grants will be awarded to farmers throughout the state.

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.

SPECIAL THANKS TO A FEW OF OUR
GENEROUS RAINMAKER DONORS