Food and Land Justice Fund

Supporting Black farmers building systems of access to land and food

The New Communities, Jubilee Justice, and Liberated Capital Food & Land Justice Fund is excited to announce a $1 million funding opportunity for Black farmers in the Southeast region of the United States who are working toward food justice. 

The Request for Proposals comes as Black farmers fight to reclaim land ownerships that have declined by over 16 million acres in the last century. Access to land and food has always been an important pillar of security and economic mobility for communities of color. However, today Black farmers make up only 1.34% of farmers in the U.S.

The grantee partners selected as part of the Food and Land Justice Fund are building on these efforts while addressing the disparities that their communities have faced for generations. They are employing a range of strategies, from intervening directly in local food production and expanding access to fresh food for Black communities, to providing technical assistance and capacity-building support to Black farmers, to engaging in local and national advocacy efforts for Black farmer debt relief.

Project Leads: Shirley Sherrod, Executive Director, Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc, Co-Founder, New Communities, Inc. Konda Mason, Founder and President, Jubilee Justice Advisory Committee: Jessica Norwood, Founder and CEO, RUNWAY Amber Bell, Consultant, Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc. Ife Kilimanjaro, Co-Executive Director / Managing Director, Soul Fire Farm Mikhiela Sherrod, Program Director, Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc.

Grantee partners are organizations and/or coalitions led by Black farmers and communities in the Southeast region of the United States, which includes the states of Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, and West Virginia. Other requirements include:

  • Grant dollars must be paid to a U.S.-based 501c3 nonprofit organization or fiscal sponsors. Individuals are not eligible.
  • Coalitions and organizations working in the field of food and/or agriculture with a focus on Black community food access, advocacy, regenerative farming practices, wellness, education, policy, and supporting Black farmers.
  • Funding must be used for a charitable purpose (no direct lobbying).
  • Grant awards range: approximately $5,000 – $50,000.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by an advisory group of community leaders with expertise in the sector.

New Communities is a grassroots organization that has worked for more than 40 years to empower African American families in Southwest Georgia and advocate for social justice and is widely recognized as the original model for community land trusts in the US.

Jubilee Justice is on a mission to seed rural justice and end rural racism through new systems that serve Black agricultural communities. 

Liberated Capital is a fund of the Decolonizing Wealth Project that aims to move untethered resources to support Indigenous and other people-of-color-led initiatives working for transformative social change. We’re honored to partner with these organizations to support food and land justice initiatives led by communities of color across the U.S. 

For questions about the fund and how to support it, email info@decolonizingwealth.com For press/media, contact decolonizingwealth@sunshinesachs.com

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