Funding and Fundraising

funding and fundraising

Show me the money! Resourcing food systems work is tough, but we’ve all found creative ways to keep the lights on through earned revenue, grants, donations or all of the above and more. The Funding and Fundraising topic area is a place for those involved in/overseeing fundraising activities for your organization. Here you can find and share templates, resources, and ideas to advance your Funding and Fundraising work!

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Funding Sources for Food Related Businesses Jamie Rahrig, Rich Pirog, Jazmin Bolan-Williamson, Rachel Kelly, Anel Guel, Nick McCann, Abigail Harper, Evan Kutz, Taylor Wimberg, Emily Kim

The eighth edition of this directory provides an overview of various financing sources available to food-related businesses in Michigan and across the United States. The directory includes sources of national and local finance opportunities that may be available to farmers, food producers, distributors, food hubs, and other food-related businesses. The directory is a partial listing of what may be available across the United States; some examples may not be a good match with your particular circumstances. Initially informed by a list of funding resources for food-related businesses found on the Food+Tech Connect website, a media and research company building a network for food innovators and entrepreneurs, it has been made available by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems to help support local food systems. The directory is divided into four types of funding sources: Crowdfunding Start-up accelerator Miscellaneous Michigan and federal government resources For each funding entity included, details are provided to help guide your decisions: description, funding focus, funding limit, qualifications, geographical region of focus, and website. At the end of the list of funding entities, a selection of resources on writing grant and loan applications is provided. Writing a robust, effective grant and/or loan application can help you successfully obtain the funding you need for your business. Look to the tips provided as you determine which type funding source is right for your …

Removing Barriers to USDA GAP ProgramsNASDA Foundation

GAP Programs Stakeholder Toolkit

Institutional Investment in PraxisElliott Smith, Kitchen Sync Strategies

This article highlights examples of institutions investing in their local food systems

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Food Hub Common Chart of AccountsFarm Credit East

This is a sample chart of accounts for a food hub to help you ensure you are tracking the right financial measures for your …

Running a Food Hub Volume 3: Assessing Financial ViabilityUSDA Rural Development

This is the third volume in a series on the fundamentals of running a food hub. The purpose of this report is to provide benchmarks for established and emerging food hubs to use as a comparison for assessing their own financial viability and for making strategic business …

Financial Management for Food Hub Success – The 2018 Food Hub Finanical Benchmark Study FindingsWallace Center

Findings From the 2018 Food Hub Financial Benchmarking …

Milestone Example BudgetN/A

With sample project budget, income & expenditure budget, cashflow forecast, capital budget, and consolidated …

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Nonprofit Chart of Accounts with Food and Farming NotesPoppy Davis

This is a sample chart of accounts for nonprofits which can offer guidance on how to track and manage your …

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Finance and Related Matters Reference BookMAF Europe

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Nonprofit Budget TemplateN/A

Nonprofit Budget …

Nonprofit Earned Income Strategies-Where to StartSocial Enterprise Associates

From the Social Enterprise Associates, this brief is for non-profits interested in new methods of generating revenue for organizations via earned income. It’s purpose is to assist organizations, its leaders, and its staff, as they tackle social enterprise and begin taking the necessary steps to form an action …

Funding VCC as Place Based Development QuicksheetSarah Rocker

Over the past ten years, investment in local food systems focused on rebuilding eroded physical food systems infrastructure like aggregation and processing facilities and delivery and transportation logistics. Recently food systems practitioners are starting to redevelop the “soft” or “social infrastructure.” This quicksheet looks at the value of funding the value chain and the positive impact it can have on a viable regional food …

Financing Sustainable Foods

Financing Sustainable Foods Presentation Slides for the Getting Banks to “Yes” with small diversified …

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