Producer certification fund
Fairtrade International has created a fund to help small farmers' organizations pay for their Fairtrade certification. Please check the FLO-CERT website for information on certification fees.
Overview of the criteria
Small farmers' organizations are eligible for a grant if they are applying for initial Fairtrade certification, but lack sufficient financial resources to pay the full certification fee. Grants are also available to small farmers' organizations that are renewing their certification.
Grants never fully cover certification fees and are intended as co-financing support. 1st grade small farmers' organizations may receive a grant of up to a maximum 75 % of their fee. 2nd and 3rd grade small farmers' organizations may receive up to a maximum of 50 % of their fee. These maximum rates are not guaranteed; if a large number of applications are received, the percentages might be reduced to allow more producers to benefit from a grant.
When do we apply for a grant?
You can apply for a grant once you have received an invoice for an inspection from FLO-CERT.
Applications can be sent throughout the year. Applications received are reviewed six times a year, typically at the end of January, March, May, July, September, and November. You can find the exact dates in the fund guidelines.
How do we apply for a grant?
Read the guidelines
Before applying to the producer certification fund, please first read the guidelines carefully to check if your organization qualifies for a grant:
Complete the application form
To apply for a grant you need to complete and sign the producer certification fund application form.
Send us the application form
You may send the application form via post, email or fax. Please send the application form together with a copy of your certification invoice and – if available – with a proof of your export capacity to:
Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International
Producer Certification Fund
Bonner Talweg 177
Fax: +49 228 2421713
If you have any questions about the application or have any difficulties in providing some data, please contact us at the above-mentioned address.
What happens once the application is sent?
You will receive a letter confirming that your application has been received. Your application will be evaluated after the respective application review deadline (please see the guidelines for the exact date). Within 28 days following that date you will be informed of your application´s status.
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