Forum Session Submission

SAFSF is pleased to accept concurrent workshop and themed dinner proposals for the 2022 Annual Forum from all funders, even those who are not members of SAFSF. Proposals must be submitted online through the form linked below by Monday, January 10, 2022 at 12 pm PT. 

Please use the form below to submit your session idea. You’ll first enter your email and then the full form will be opened in a new tab. Note that while many questions on the form are required, you will be able to toggle through it in its entirety to take note of what questions you’ll need to answer.

Important: before submitting this form, please read through our session idea guidelines for frequently asked questions, including details about what we are looking for in this year’s session proposals. We also encourage you to review the material on this Forum landing page and familiarize yourself with the Forum theme included there.

2023 SAFSF Forum & Webinar Content Submission Form

Member-driven content makes up an important part of SAFSF’s annual schedule of activities that help agriculture and food systems funders connect with each other, learn about the field and each other’s work, and amplify their impact through aligned action.

Ideas submitted through this RFP may be considered:
  • for inclusion as an in-person workshop session or learning dinner at the June 2023 SAFSF Forum in Washington, DC; or 
  • as a virtual webinar or series of webinars at another point in the year. 
Submission is open to any active funding organization; SAFSF membership is not required.
Requirements for Webinar and Forum Content Proposals
Sessions proposed for either a webinar or the Forum should:
  1. Highlight agriculture and food systems issues and solutions that are timely, actionable, equity-centered, and aligned with SAFSF’s values.
  2. Allow speakers and participants to exchange information, expertise, lessons learned, and/or points of view in a way that benefits their individual and collective practice.
  3. Help participants connect with each other to build relationships, discover areas of shared work, analyze funding strategies, and explore future collaborations.
  4. Engage and connect a diverse range of funder and invited practitioner participants who reflect different parts of agriculture and food systems relevant to the session topic.
Policy Considerations
We encourage policy-focused proposals that help funders learn, engage and develop collaborative strategies on federal, state, tribal, and/or local policy, as well as grassroots community organizing and power building to influence public policy.  We expect that half of the sessions presented at the 2023 SAFSF Forum and throughout the year will have a policy focus.

Key areas of policy interest include discussions of policy priorities, advocacy, and funding strategies related to:
  • The farm bill and key states represented on Congressional agriculture and appropriations committees
  • Child Nutrition Reauthorization and other nutrition incentives legislation
  • USDA funding and equity programs
  • State legislative policy issues/campaigns
Focus Areas
We also encourage both general and policy-specific proposals to be mindful of the Focus Areas we will continue to emphasize in 2023:
  • Climate change;
  • Consolidation and concentration; and
  • Land access.
Additional Considerations for Forum Content
Proposals for the SAFSF Forum must have strong interactive, storytelling, movement, collaboration, hands-on, or other elements that make a compelling case for in-person presentation. We do not anticipate offering a virtual or hybrid option for Forum participation. Both workshop sessions and learning dinners will take place in concurrent blocks.

Workshop Sessions
Funders whose proposals are accepted as workshop sessions are expected to pay the registration and travel expenses for themselves and any non-funder speakers included in their presentation. We also encourage funders to support their non-funder speakers with honoraria for their participation. 
Learning Dinners
You may also submit your proposal for consideration as a learning dinner. The learning dinner format is best suited to a less formal presentation style and topics that lend themselves to lively table conversations. In addition to the costs above, funders whose proposals are accepted as learning dinners are also expected to underwrite the full cost of food and drink for those dinners. (Attendance numbers may be capped depending on the capacity of the chosen venue, either in the conference hotel or at a nearby restaurant.)
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