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Equitable Transfer Program

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BIMPOC-led businesses operating in the food, beverage or body care industries can apply for funding to cover costs associated with Non-GMO Project Verification.


Application period opens January 1, 2023. Join our mailing list for updates.

Justice and diversity are essential to building a better food system

Black, Indigenous, Multiracial & People of Color-led companies face systemic barriers and marginalization along every aspect of the supply chain. The Equitable Transfer Program is designed to address some of the barriers BIMPOC-led companies face in accessing more sustainable supply chains and gaining greater visibility for their products.

The Equitable Transfer Program is the first of its kind for us at the Non-GMO Project. As a predominantly white-led organization, we are on a learning journey to understand the role we play in systemic racism and what we can do to promote a just, equitable, diverse and inclusive food system.

The program will transfer funding to one recipient to cover or offset the costs associated with Non-GMO Project verification, up to a maximum of $5,000. The pilot phase will run for two consecutive quarters — the first in January-March; the second round in Spring 2023 (specific dates TBD).

The Non-GMO Project's Equitable Transfer Program Committee will evaluate the program's success throughout the pilot period to further our learning and reflection and improve programming in the future. We welcome any and all feedback so we may continue to pursue our goals of supporting an equitable food system.

To be eligible to apply, your business must:

Self-identify as a Black, Indigenous, Multiracial & People of Color-led company.

Be enrolling or renewing already-enrolled eligible products in the Product Verification Program. All such products must likely comply with the current version of the Non-GMO Project Standard (the “Standard”).

The application process

1. Check eligibility 

Applicants must meet all program eligibility requirements.

Please review our Program Terms and Conditions and the Non-GMO Project Standard section 2.1 Product Requirements.

2. Connect with a technical administrator

A technical administrator will review the product portfolio the applicant is submitting for verification.

3. Obtain a cost estimate
At your request, the technical administrator will provide an estimate outlining the projected verification costs. If you are already a program participant, please provide your TA invoice.
4. Submit your completed application before the deadline
Fill out the Equitable Transfer Program application, with all relevant materials included, and submit before 6:00 PM PST on February 28, 2023.
5. Application review period
The Non-GMO Project will review submissions between February 28 and March 31, 2023. Once a recipient is selected, they will be notified with instructions on the next steps.
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