In addition to our program work, The GRACE Communications Foundation supports other non-profit organizations that address the environmental and public health impacts of our food, water and energy systems, and help to achieve sustainable and pragmatic solutions to these most pressing issues. Some of these are listed below.

Please note, the foundation actively seeks new partnerships with other organizations that share our mission, but we do not accept and will not review unsolicited grant proposals for funding.

The Arcadia Veteran Farmer Program

Arcadia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, DC area. Arcadia manages four distinct program areas that address a specific need in the community, while engaging consumers, farmers, schools, and institutions. Arcadia’s Veteran Farmer Program is a multilayered, hands-on educational program, designed to provide veterans with professional agricultural skills; meet the nation’s need for more farmers; and capitalize on the growing interest in local, sustainably grown foods; while encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation.

Environmental Law Institute

ELI fosters innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress. ELI builds the skills and capacity of tomorrow’s leaders and institutions; researches and analyzes complex and pressing environmental challenges; promotes and disseminates the best thinking through print and electronic media and convenes people with diverse perspectives to build understanding through robust debate.

Farm Aid

To date, Farm Aid has raised more than $43 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid accomplishes this mission by protecting family farms, growing the good food movement, helping farmers thrive and taking action to change the system.

Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson explains why family farmers are so important and why we need to support them.

Green Corps

The mission of Green Corps is to recruit and train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament and commitment needed to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles. For 20 years, Green Corps has provided training to young people seeking to launch a career in the environment. Green Corps trainees have applied the skills they have learned in the program to secure important victories, such as promoting clean energy in California, preserving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and protecting communities from toxic threats.

James Beard Leadership Awards

The James Beard Leadership Awards celebrates the visionaries responsible for creating a healthier, safer and more sustainable food world. Honorees are chosen by a growing cohort of past Leadership Award recipients. The Leadership Awards recognize specific outstanding initiatives as well as bodies of work and lifetime achievement. Excellence of work, innovation in approach, and scale of impact within a community or the nation are among the criteria used to select winners.

Recirculating Farms Coalition

The Recirculating Farms Coalition is a collaborative group of farmers, educators, non-profit organizations and many others committed to building local sources of healthy, accessible food. Through research, education and advocacy, these collaborators work together to support the development of eco-efficient farms that use clean recycled water as the basis to grow food, with the belief that these recirculating farms can create stable green jobs and supply sustainably-grown food – fruits, vegetables, herbs and humanely-raised seafood – in diverse communities nationwide, and someday, worldwide.

GRACE interviews Marianne Cufone as one of Our Heroes listen to the podcast.

Long Island Coastal Conservation Research Alliance(LICCRA)

Founded in 2003 as a partnership between Dr. Christopher Gobler and the GRACE Communications Foundation, the goal of LICCRA is to conduct research which will assist in protecting and restoring Long Island coastal ecosystems and drinking water supplies. Research is aimed toward ultimately minimizing the impacts of anthropogenic stressors such as climate change, harmful algal bloom, runoff, and pathogens on coastal resources and human health and maximizing the distribution of fisheries and foundational species in estuaries such as filter feeding bivalves, eelgrass and salt marshes. A secondary goal of LICCRA is to forge solutions to environmental problems by sharing research results with municipal agencies, non-government organizations and the public. LICCRA became part of Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in 2006.

GRACE interviews Chris Gobler as one of Our Heroes

Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) has a dual mission: to develop the next generation of sustainable food and agriculture law and policy leaders while providing legal and policy resources and solutions for citizens to build and support such systems. CAFS' approach to progressing sustainable agriculture and food systems is systems-based, as its name implies. We believe that in order to truly foster sustainable agriculture and food, we need to understand the connections these systems have to the environment, energy, human and animal health, labor and climate change.

Watch VLS Center for Agriculture and Food Systems’ video on what it means to be a food and farm advocate

Wholesome Wave

Wave fosters strong linkages between local agriculture and under-served communities to advance the goal of a more vibrant and equitable food system for all people. Wholesome Wave programs improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables, reaching over 28 states, working with more than 60 community-based organizations who manage nearly 400 farm-to-retail venues and impacting more than 3,200 farmers.

Watch Wholesome Wave founder Chef Michel Nischan’s TEDx Manhattan talk.


Environmental Grantmakers Association

The Environmental Grantmakers Association works with members and partners to promote effective environmental philanthropy by sharing knowledge, fostering debate, cultivating leadership, facilitating collaboration and catalyzing action. Recognizing the importance of diverse perspectives, the organization values ecological integrity, justice, environmental stewardship, inclusivity, transparency, accountability, respect and balancing pragmatism with idealism. EGA will strive to “walk the talk” with all of its resources and focus.

Food and Farm Communication Fund

The Food and Farm Communication Fund is a collaborative effort between four foundations: The 11th hour Project, The McKnight Foundation, the GRACE Communications Foundation and The Christensen Fund. In 2010, the 11th Hour Project conducted a landscape assessment of the Good Food Movement that surveyed over 200 leaders working to create resilient and robust regional food systems. One of the overarching recommendations that came out of that study was that expanding the good food movement's communications capacity must be a funding priority. This new funding initiative was established to help fill that need.

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders

SAFSF is an international network for grantmakers that works to foster communication, shared learning and information exchange about issues connected to sustainable agriculture and food systems. SAFSF seeks to carry out its mission by providing opportunities for collaboration, increasing awareness of the issues as well as funding needs, and expanding beyond the current membership to increase support and funding for organizations that (i) promote sustainable and just for production; (ii) link to concerns about sustainability and justice of our food system; and/or (iii) connect food production with issues of environmental stewardship, diet and heath, and viability of communities.