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Program Focus: Agriculture and Natural Resources

sunflower field with red barn backgroundMr. Meyer believed that farming and the production of food "always will be a required function if any of us are to survive."  Staying true to that vision, Americana supports educational, advocacy, and community development programs that address the growth and development of American agriculture, community food programs, and natural resource conservation in rural and urban landscapes in Michigan.

Projects for Grant Consideration

  • Education and advocacy programs for the protection of community based agriculture, open space and natural resources on rural and urban landscapes in Michigan.
  • Education and information about tools for managing growth through integrated planning, zoning and best practices for the development of sustainable communities in Michigan.
  • Partnerships with environmental and agricultural organizations and other stakeholders working to protect agricultural land, open space, and natural resources in Michigan.
  • Community gardening, urban forestry, and beginning farmer education and development programs in Michigan.
  • Locally grown food and a sustainable food system in Michigan.

We do not fund:

The Foundation recognizes the vast needs in this area and the important work underway by so many, however, it is unable/unlikely to consider requests for support of activities such as: 

  • lobbying
  • annual fund drives
  • general fundraising events
  • budget deficits,
  • small community gardens,
  • requests from non- Michigan organizations


Given limited funds and its commitment to collaboration, the Foundation is most interested in requests that are:

  • Michigan-based
  • supported by multiple sources
  • sustainable over time
  • for one-year 

Grant Examples