Fueling Advocates Initiative Grants Program

Key information: 

  • These grants are offered to non-profit organizations to help them use academic research and researchers to bolster their work.
  • Organizations eligible to apply for and receive FAI grants need not be located in the U.S., but they must be registered charities /groups in their own countries and comparable to U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • Each applicant can request a grant amount from $2,000 (minimum) to $20,000 (maximum).
  • The award period is nine months.
  • Applications for these grants are accepted once a year within the Call For Application window. 

Examples of work FAI grants can be used to support: 

  • Assist a group in an emerging economy to arrange and host regular meetings with academic experts in the local area.
  • Defray the cost of adding an academic specialist to the team.
  • Pay a staff member to spend one day a week on academic matters (e.g. prepare summaries of academic papers; manage a project on evidence syntheses that involves consulting academics regularly).
  • For a team of independent “third party” academic experts to review and evaluate the effectiveness of a campaign.   

An actual grant and its outcome: 

  • A $15,000 grant was offered to a group in Ukraine to commission local academic researchers from the most prestigious academic institutions in Ukraine to undertake economic-focused research regarding the use of cage-free egg production system, with egg producers as the target audience. Outcome of the grant:
    • Academic researchers who were commissioned came up with compelling data that show cage-free systems are excellent investments and make more economic sense than changing to enriched cages.
    • Initial feedback to the research findings from the government and egg producers is very positive.
    • The Ukraine group emphasized the importance of the report coming from researchers "with high credibility" in the eyes of the producers. 

       

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