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Fund-a-Farmer Grant

Grants to USA Independent Farms to Improve Animal
Conditions and to Meet Certification Standards

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)

Deadline Date:

12/01/20 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $2,500 to USA family-owned livestock and poultry farms to improve the welfare of animals and for assistance in obtaining or maintaining specific certification standards. Funding is intended to support family farmers who raise dairy cows, beef cattle, broiler chickens, goats, laying hens, pigs, bison, sheep, and/or turkeys.

Types of Projects:

  • Grants for farmers who are pursuing animal welfare certification: These grants support farms that are pursuing one of three animal welfare certifications: Certified Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) and affiliated certifications by A Greener World (AGW), Certified Humane (CH), or Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Animal Welfare Certified (steps 4 to 5+). Proposed projects do not necessarily have to address a particular standard required for certification. These grants will be made for on-farm projects that help improve animal welfare.
  • Grants for welfare-certified farmers: These grants are for projects that would help farms that already hold one of the certifications above to build capacity or maintain certification. These grants can be for on-farm production-related projects, or for other projects related to the marketing, sales, and distribution of welfare-certified products.
  • Grants for farmers to improve or expand pasture for their animals: FACT will fund projects that would help farms transition to pasture-based systems, expand animals’ access to well-managed pasture, and improve the quality of pasture for animals. Farmers do not need to hold or be seeking certification.

Eligible expense categories include: materials, supplies, equipment, shipping/delivery costs, consultant/professional fees, travel, training, and hired labor costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142085

Estimated Size of Grant:

FACT provides grants up to $2,500.

Term of Contract:

All proposed projects must begin and be completed within the time frame of February 2021 through May 2022. Projects that are completed before February 2021 are not eligible for funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility requirements:

1. Farms must be located in the United States and be working, independent family farms, or operated by a federally-recognized tribal entity. These are farms on which a family, individual or tribe owns the animals, is engaged in the day to day management of the farm and its animals, derives a share of livelihood from the farm, and produces a livestock product for sale.
2. Proposed on-farm projects must impact at least one of these species: beef cattle, bison, broiler chickens, dairy cows, goats, laying hens, pigs, sheep and/or turkeys. Farms must already raise animals (i.e. produce-only farms are not eligible). Projects involving a new species of animals on an existing livestock/poultry operation will be considered.
3. Farms that do not hold one of the three specified certifications may apply for an on-farm, production-related project that would improve animal welfare and expand pasture-based systems. Examples include the purchase and installation or fencing, mobile housing, or water systems for animals on pasture. For applicants who are seeking certification, proposed projects do not necessarily have to address a particular standard required for certification. If the project would help an applicant make progress toward achieving certification, that information may be included in an application.
4. Farms that already hold one of the three animal welfare certifications may apply for funds that can be used for on-farm, production-oriented projects as described above, as well as or other projects related to marketing, sales, and distribution of welfare-certified products.

No funds will be awarded to:
- Farms that cannot provide a valid Schedule F, Schedule C or comparable form by February 2021. If applicant is not required to file taxes because farming is on tribal land, please note this in the application.
- Non-profit organizations, schools, and farm sanctuaries are not eligible.
- The purchase of animals (with the exception of livestock guardian dogs for all applicants, and breeding stock for animal welfare-certified farms), land, or recurring operational expenses such as animal feed.
- Projects solely focused on aquaculture, apiaries, alpacas, horses, rabbits, or other types of animals not included in the list of eligible species above.
- Projects related to the production of raw milk.
- Projects related to the slaughter of animals.
- Certification fees associated with animal welfare or other types of certification.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 PM CST on December 1, 2020.

Only one application per farm per year will be accepted.

Grants will be awarded in February 2021.

Contact Information:

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