Fulfilling FFAR Matching Requirements

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) can generate matching funds to its corpus of $200M provided in the 2014 Farm Bill from two sources: 1) third party funding of gifts and donations to FFAR or 2) matches made by the grantee institution.


Third party funding can be a cash or gift-in-kind contribution received by FFAR in support of the mission, key strategic events, programs, grants or other activities. These donors will not receive a grant from FFAR tied to the specific event, program, project or activity they are supporting. For example, if the ABC Foundation gives a $100,000 donation to FFAR to support the Pollinator Health Program FFAR can release $100,000 from FFAR’s $200M for a total of $200,000 for applications from Principal Investigators (PI) seeking grants to support their research in this area.


FFAR accepts restricted and unrestricted cash contributions from organizations and individuals. Please see the FFAR Contributor Guidelines for more details. While FFAR can accept funding from city, state and international governments, FFAR cannot accept funds from other US federal agencies or organizations solely funded by the US federal government.


FFAR accepts Gifts-In-Kind as a voluntary contribution of goods or services and may qualify as a charitable deduction for the person(s) or organization making the gift.

Any Gifts-In-Kind an organization or individual wishes to donate directly to FFAR must meet a specific line item in the program, project or event budget for which it is intended. For example: meeting space for an event.

Note: Contributed services cannot be counted as a gift and do not qualify as a charitable tax deduction to the donor. However, a donor of services may be able to deduct expenses incurred while performing said services. In such cases, the donor should be advised to consult with a tax accountant. FFAR does, however, record these gifts for recognition purposes and all normal documentation procedures should be followed for submitting such gifts to FFAR.

When presented with a potential Gift-In-Kind, FFAR will determine if it can be accepted as such. If there are any concerns, FFAR reserves the right to decline any Gift-In-Kind.

An administrative fee of up to 10% applies to all restricted and unrestricted gifts made to FFAR to support the infrastructure necessary to manage awards and grantee institution funding.


 FFAR accepts cash or in-kind funds provided by an institution in support of a specific FFAR grant made to that institution to satisfy its requirement for match.  For example, a PI from Anywhere University (AU) submits a specific project proposal for a $1M in response to an RFA and demonstrates a commitment from AU of $500,000 that can be applied to direct line items in the project budget.


Real cash provided by a grantee institution to a specific FFAR project satisfies the requirement for a FFAR match when it can be shown that the funds are committed to a direct line item in the project budget.  These funds do not at any time transfer to FFAR.   Examples of cash matches are:  Cash contributed by a PI’s organization, equipment directly purchased by a PI’s organization for activities in the project budget, or personnel to be hired by the PI’s organization to help with the project, who will not be hired if the grant is not funded.


In-Kind contributions provided by a grantee institution to a specific FFAR project satisfy the requirement for a FFAR match when it can be shown they are essential to the research and related activities and are in the form of cash-equivalent goods or services, which, if not donated, would have to be purchased with project funds.  They should be included as a direct line item in the project budget.  Examples of in-kind matches are:  Personnel time given to the project with an allotted percentage of time, person on loan from another organization/corporation who would otherwise need to be hired, use of existing equipment or facilities.  Please Note:  The difference between an institution’s Federally negotiated research indirect cost rate and FFAR’s 10 percent indirect cost allocation is not an allowable cash match.

 FFAR will determine what types of match it will accept when announcing grant programs and reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of in-kind contributions.