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GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT

Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow Dat envisions a vibrant New Orleans where youth and adults transform their communities, their environment, and themselves by engaging in the meaningful work of growing healthy food.

WHAT WE FUND

We support organizations which:
  • engage young people at all levels of the organization
  • led by those with lived experience of the issues their communities face 
  • make change through organizing and advocacy
  • build collaborative strategies for systemic change

HOW WE FUND

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Cricket

Island

Foundation

Grants

Field Building

Long Term Support for Organizations

Leadership Transitions Work

Outcomes

Impact

Our grants are made in three different categories: 
  • Field Building
  • Long Term Support for Organizations
  • Leadership Transitions Work
Field Building:
We support regional and national networks that serve the field of youth organizing through the Foundation’s Field Learning Fund.
Long Term Support for Organizations:
These grants include multi-year general operating and capacity-building support for organizations. We use a regional cohort model in order to increase support and advance the field of youth-led change in each city. We also offer small rapid-response grants to these organizations when needs arise. 
Leadership Transitions Work:
The Cricket Island Foundation has identified that times of leadership transition for our grantees is a critical time in the life of an organization. We are utilizing support and resources, as well as building support in the field around this issue such that organizations in transition have the best chance of continuing to thrive.
Outcomes derived from this funding model:
  • strong and effective youth-led social change organizations
  • regional cohorts working effectively for change
  • replication and diffusion of best practices
  • increased number of organizations and stronger infrastructure
Impact:
Youth-led social change is seen as an essential part of long-term social change
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Regional Cohorts: 
By focusing in geographic regions, the Foundation is able to better understand community needs and opportunities, strategize with local funders, and foster collaboration across grantees within a region. Our current cohorts are located in New York City, New Orleans, and Chicago.