Taste the difference, make a difference

Opal® Makes a Difference

Taste the Difference, Make a Difference!

Opal® is known as the apple with a purpose. We seek to build holistic, sustainable community by empowering members to put their dreams into action and then serve those most in need within their community. To that end we are sponsoring the Opal® Apple Youth Make a Difference initiative for 2017 and are looking to our fans and the general public to help us find our next great cause.


The Opal® Apple Youth Make a Difference initiative will award Opal apples in 27-pound fundraising cases delivered to youth-based initiatives serving their communities in the U.S. where youth, ages 6 – 25, take leadership roles in the initiative and in fundraising activities. Fundraising apple boxes will be delivered to each initiatives' preferred drop site free of charge. We are looking for organizations seeking grant dollars in the range of $5,000 - $10,000 (250-500 cases).

The initiatives chosen will address one or more issues of: 

  • Food security
  • Nutrition
  • Agriculture
  • Food politics and education


FirstFruits Marketing will distribute up to a total of 3,750 cases of Opal apples - a total of $75,000 in fundraising opportunities - in 2017, distributed as multiple fundraising case amounts determined by need of project. All applications for 2017 funding must be received by April 20, 2017.

Application Process

The application process for 2017 is now closed. Please visit again soon for your chance to vote for your favorite semi-finalist!

Public voting for the finalists will open May 1st and close May 14th. Be sure to vote at opalapples.com/cause and click Finalist Charities.

Eligible Initiatives

FirstFruits of Washington will accept initiative applications from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or affiliated with school entities, in good standing, for funding requests related to community initiatives or program support who meet grant criteria.

Requirements and Exclusions

  • Applicants must be nonprofits operating in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and must submit proof of 501(c)(3) status, or affiliated with school entities, in good standing. Individuals who wish to seek funding for their initiatives are encouraged to find and work directly with a local nonprofit or school entity.

  • Organization must have an operating budget of less than $2MM.

  • For full terms and conditions, click here.


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