Connecting local organizations with student agricultural expertise
The Trellis Fund connects organizations in developing countries with U.S. graduate students from Horticulture Innovation Lab partner institutions who have agricultural expertise, generating benefits for both the students and the in-country institutions. Together, they collaborate on short-term projects to address horticultural challenges faced by local farmers.
Trellis Fund accomplishments
Since 2011, the Horticulture Innovation Lab has awarded 76 projects to 60 organizations in 17 countries. These grants have supported:
- 12,471 training participants (65% women)
- 261 demonstration plots
- 374 training and extension meetings
What's happening with the Trellis Fund now
The sixth round of Trellis Fund projects has been completed (and are also available in the Trellis Fund fact sheet). The first-ever Trellis Fund Summit was held in March 2019 to gather Trellis alumni — both students and lead organizations – for networking, capacity building and program evaluation as part of the Horticulture Innovation Lab's 2019 annual meeting.
We anticipate the next opportunity to apply for Trellis Fund grants will take place in late 2020 at the earliest, depending on funding availability.