2021 Young Farmers Chapter Capacity Grant

The National Young Farmers Coalition is partnering with Muck Boots to offer $5,000 grants to 5 Young Farmer chapters and chapters-in-development to support farmer-led organizing efforts across the country.

We’re excited to partner with one of our favorite brands, Muck Boots, for an inaugural round of Young Farmers Chapter Capacity Grants that will award 5 Young Farmers chapters and chapters-in-development $5,000 each.


APPLY BY DECEMBER 24th, 2021 4pm PDT

About the Program

Are we eligible?

You are eligible if you are a chapter and currently have 4 leaders as well as an up-to-date, signed chapter agreement on file with us.

You are eligible if you are a project with 4 leaders, who might eventually be interested in becoming a Young Farmers chapter. Chapters-in-development will be required to have an exploratory chapter call with Faith or Katherine from the organizing team during the grant period. Chapters-in-development will not be required to become chapters in order to receive the chapter capacity grant. 

You are ineligible if you are incorporated as a C4 or a lobbying organization.

At this time we are unable to fund projects outside the United States. 

If you are unsure whether you are eligible or not, please email organizing@youngfarmers.org.

What are the selection criteria?

We will award the grants based on 4 criteria:

    • Racial equity impact. The chapter’s mission and goals demonstrates a strong impact on racial equity in agriculture at any scale: local, regional, national.
    • Commitment to structural change. The chapter demonstrates a strong commitment and strategy to activate your community around our generation’s most urgent policy needs. Learn more at www.youngfarmers.org/policysetting.
    • Conflict management. Leadership embraces conflict as an opportunity for growth. In other words, you’ve thought a lot about how to work as a team of leaders and you have systems in place that help you work well together!
    • Need. $5,000 is a big deal to getting your chapter just enough capacity for the next stage, whatever that next stage is to you. 

These grants are available to chapters and chapters-in-development with leaders and membership of all races and gender identities. To ensure that our grants are contributing to ending inequity in access to agricultural careers, we commit to prioritizing chapters and chapters-in-development that are led by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.

How do we apply?

1/ Create a pitch and proposed budget following this template

2/ Submit your pitch by including it in an email to organizing@youngfarmers.org with the subject line “YF Chapter Capacity Grant” before December 24th, 2021.

3/ You must also fill-out and submit this quick application form (www.surveymonkey.com/r/YFchaptergrant) before the December 24th, 2021 4pm PDT deadline. This form will ask demographic questions about your team and support us in ensuring that we are applying the highest level of equity when administering the grant.  

Pitch writing can be intimidating and even for seasoned grant writers, it’s always helpful to have someone else look over your work. For this reason, we’re offering pitch-writing “office hours” throughout November and December. Sign up here to review your pitch ahead of submission with our Development and Organizing staff.

In addition, check out the fundraising section of our “Guide to Planning your Campaign“.

How can we use the grant?

You can apply to use the funds for just about any use other than lobbying expenses. While funds can be applied to a variety of expenses, we are encouraging applications that limit supply costs to $600. We are defining supply costs here as any costs that are other than paying leaders or consultants for their time. Examples of supply costs include printing, renting a space, travel, website and domain subscriptions. We may be able to make exceptions so please contact organizing@youngfarmers.org if you would like to suggest a project with more than $600 in supply costs.

We have noticed through over a decade of organizing that burn-out is the #1 challenge encountered by chapters and chapters-in-development. With that in mind, we encourage you to pay yourselves, as project leaders, through this grant or to consider getting extra capacity for your group by hiring a consultant. By supporting yourselves first, you’re contributing to the long term success of your chapter.


Are there any requirements that come with being a grant recipient?

Young Farmers is re-imagining our chapter program in 2022. We will require every grant recipient to have a call with us to share their ideas for the new chapter program!

Muck Boot would love to partner with chapters for photo shoots and similar opportunities. These partnerships are opportunities, not requirements for the grant. We do not consider your chapter’s interest in these opportunities when selecting grant winners. The short form that you will submit for the grant will ask whether you would like to be connected with Muck Boot in the future.


What is the grant’s timeline?

The grant period opened on November 8th, 2021. Applications are due December 24th, 2021 at 4pm PDT. Awards will be announced January 2022.

What if we have more questions?

Please email organizing@youngfarmers.org.


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