Awarded Grants
Below is a listing of our awarded grants that tackle big food and agriculture challenges.

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10 Grants found

Researchers Investigate the Promise of Food Procurement

Year Awarded  2023

FFAR award amount   $954,556

Total award amount   $2,023,732

Location   Fort Collins, CO

Program   Tipping Points

Matching Funders   Colorado State University, Cornell University, Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, NY Farm Viability Institute and The Rockefeller Foundation

Grantee Institution   Colorado State University

Building upon the Tipping Points research, researchers at Colorado State University aim to co-create a replicable and adaptable model that municipalities can use to guide food procurement decisions.

FFAR Grant Advances Equitable Food Access

Year Awarded  2022

FFAR award amount   $1,000,000

Total award amount   $2,086,928

Location   Cleveland, OH

Matching Funders   Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study Partners

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is awarding an additional $1 million grant to Case Western Reserve University to build upon a 2018 Tipping Points grant by assessing efforts to improve food system equity through coordinated community-initiated engagement.

Finding the Proper Levers: Identifying Leverage Points for Tranformation in Urban Food Systems Through Participatory Modeling

Year Awarded  2020

FFAR award amount   $99,230

Total award amount   $99,230

Location   Flint, MI

Program   Tipping Points

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is highlighting food system deficiencies. Producers are struggling to reach consumers due to concerns with processing, distribution and demand. We provided supplemental funding to the Michigan State University research team investigating how emergency food programs, including food banks, schools and Meals on Wheels, intersect with the retail sector.

Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood

Year Awarded  2020

FFAR award amount   $100,000

Total award amount   $100,000

Location   Cleveland, OH

Program   Tipping Points

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is highlighting food system deficiencies. Producers are struggling to reach consumers due to concerns with processing, distribution and demand. We provided supplemental funding to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine research team to model the effects of COVID-19 in neighborhoods with high, medium and low food security before March 2020. Their findings will be used to tailor food system solutions to diverse neighborhood contexts.

Evaluating Food Access Strategies in Austin To Improve Healthy Food Consumption and Food Security

Year Awarded  2020

FFAR award amount   $83,356

Total award amount   $83,356

Location   Austin, TX

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is highlighting food system deficiencies. Producers are struggling to reach consumers due to concerns with processing, distribution and demand. We provided supplemental funding to FRESH Austin to examine the impact of the pandemic on access to fresh, nutritious food in the Austin area.

Environmental and Nutritional Benefits of Food Recovery and Redistribution: A Pilot Assessment in New York’s Capital Region

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $99,987

Total award amount   $99,987

Location   Albany, NY

Program   Tipping Points

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is highlighting food system deficiencies. Producers are struggling to reach consumers due to concerns with processing, distribution and demand. We provided supplemental funding to the University at Albany research team to study how COVID-19 is impacting food access in New York’s Capital Region. This research is focusing on how the fresh produce recovery and redistribution arm of the Capital Region food system is responding to changes resulting from COVID-19.

Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $936,418

Total award amount   $1,904,424

Location   Cleveland, OH

Matching Funders   Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-Center for Health Affairs, City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Cleveland State University, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension Cuyahoga County, OSU John Glenn School, OSU SNAP-Ed, Saint Luke’s Foundation, The Food Trust, Unify Project, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Nearly two out of three Clevelanders have limited access to full-service supermarkets. In Cleveland, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researchers are developing decision-making computational models to maximize the equitable impact of food system initiatives in neighborhoods in and around Cleveland.

Finding the Proper Levers: Identifying Leverage Points for Transformation in Urban Food Systems Through Participatory Modeling

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $1,000,002

Total award amount   $2,005,803

Location   Flint, MI

Program   Tipping Points

Matching Funders   Michigan State University, Michigan Fitness Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, C.S. Molt Foundation

Due to Flint, Michigan’s economic decline, aid from all levels of government and various organizations has poured in to decrease rates of food insecurity and malnutrition. Michigan State University researchers are identifying how interventions from government and external organizations can use resources more efficiently to promote healthy and affordable food access in Flint.

Environmental and Nutritional Benefits of Food Recovery and Redistribution: A Pilot Assessment in New York’s Capital Region

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $433,152

Total award amount   $870,998

Location   Albany, NY

Matching Funders   Bellwether Collaboratory, Capital Roots, The Food Pantries for the Capital District, John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, University at Albany Foundation, the University at Albany School of Public Health—State University of New York

Food recovery programs have the potential to reroute food that would otherwise go to waste to underserved people in the community. University of Albany researchers are creating a computational model to evaluate the components of fresh produce recovery and redistribution.

Integrating Community and Modeling Efforts to Evaluate Impacts and Tradeoffs of Food System Interventions

While city-level policies are reducing food insecurity in Denver, Colorado, the state is lagging behind. Colorado State University researchers are building a computational model of the current food system to evaluate the potential for city-based food system policies and initiatives to support similar efforts throughout the state.