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Advocacy Grant process

Food Freedom Foundation (Foundation) strives to be transparent related to our decision-making processes. If you have further questions about our processes, you may contact or call 920-449-5372.


Food Freedom Foundation supports litigation efforts in the public interest impacted by government overreach. 

The Foundation is permitted to fund public interest in litigation in support of its charitable purposes, including defending the rights and broadening the freedoms of consumers to consume the food of their choice and protecting the rights of family farmers and artisan food producers to provide food directly to consumers through any lawful means.

Cases which are the subject of a grant from the Foundation must meet the IRS standard for public interest litigation, described as follows:

1. Provision of legal representation on issues of significant public interest where such representation is not ordinarily provided by traditional private law firms. In this way, the courts and administrative agencies are afforded the opportunity to review issues of significant public interest and to identify and adjudicate that interest.

2. Charitability rests not upon the particular positions advocated by the firm, but upon the provision of a facility for the resolution of issues of broad public importance.

3. This lack of economic feasibility in public interest cases is an essential characteristic distinguishing the work of public interest law firms from that of private firms and is a prerequisite of charitable recognition.

The Foundation prefers not to be the sole funder. We generally will only fund up to 90% of the proposed budget.

It is our policy not to fund projects in advance of the work. We generally prefer to reimburse for funds already distributed. With that, we offer a pledge award that will be reimbursed. Each project will be assessed on a case by case basis. It will be an exception to the rule to fund a project in advance.

Funds will be dispersed either fully upon completion or in stages based on an agreed upon plan.

Know the history of your litigation. Oftentimes, a litigation will be on-going or historical in nature, i.e. it may take multiple attempts and angles to make change. The history of the litigation is important be it directly related to your organization or other efforts.

Application process

Applications are accepted from February 1 through March 31 and will be awarded by May 1.

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Compassionate Relief Process

If you are in need of a compassionate relief grant for your business, please apply. We distribute micro-grants on an as-needed basis that range from $100 to $1,000.

You are allowed one application per year.

If you need assistance filling this application, please contact us at 920-449-5372  or email us at


Food Freedom Foundation supports small farmers and processors in the food industry. You must work in this industry to be eligible for the micro-grant and subject to enforcement or other government action.

Application process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once the application is received, it will be reviewed within 30 days. Award notification and funding will be available within 60 days of the application submission date.

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Workers Compensation Defenses in North Carolina

Failure to Give Notice to Your Employer

In many cases, valid workers’ compensation claims in North Carolina are denied because the injured worker did not give timely notice to their employer. North Carolina law requires workers injured on the job to provide their employers with notice of their injuries within 30 days. Notice should be given to a supervisor either verbally or in writing, and may be given by the employee's spouse, doctor, or other third parties. If the injured worker fails to provide this notice, then their workers' compensation is lost.

Statute of Limitations

North Carolina has a time limit for filing a workers' compensation claim (which is separate from the deadline for providing notice of the injury) known as the statute of limitations. North Carolina’s statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims is two years, which begins on the date that the worker was injured. If the injured worker fails to file a workers' compensation claim within this time period, then they lose their right to pursue their claim.

Self-Inflicted Injuries

Not all injuries are caused by working conditions. In some cases, workers may be injured on the job by their own actions. Injuries that they cause to themselves are not actionable under North Carolina's workers' compensation laws.

No Causal Link to Employment

In order to claim a work-related injury, there must be a causal link to the claimant's employment. One of the more common defenses to workers' compensation claims is that the worker's injury was not related to their employment activities.

Injury Not as Bad as Claimed

In some cases, injured workers will claim their injuries prevent them from returning to work. If their actions or medical records suggest otherwise, they may be forced to return to work and their workers' compensation benefits may be minimized.

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