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Fund-a-Farmer Grant

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)

Deadline Date:

12/04/17 11:59 PM CST


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Grants of up to $2,500 to USA independent, family-operated livestock and poultry farms to improve the welfare of animals on their operations, and for projects to qualify for specific certification standards.

FACT offers two types of grants:

- Pasture Improvement Grants:
The project designed to help transition to a pasture-based system and/or improve your animals’ access to well-managed pasture.

- Certification Grants:
The project is designed to help meet a specific certification standard and achieve certification from American Grassfed, Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, Certified Naturally Grown, Global Animal Partnership (Levels 4-5) or USDA Organic.

Eligible applications will be scored on the following factors:

- How well the proposed project helps the farm move toward fulfilling FACT’s humane principles for animal welfare;
- How well the proposed project is designed and if it would help the farm reach the intended goal (increasing access to or improving pasture, or achieving certification);
- If there are sufficient funds and expertise to complete the project;
- If the timeline is achievable; and
- If the budget is reasonable and related to the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142085

Estimated Size of Grant:

FACT provides grants up to $2,500.

Term of Contract:

- For Pasture Improvement Grants, all proposed projects must begin and be completed within the timeframe of February 2018 through February 2019.
- If awarded a certification grant, farms must become certified or be able to demonstrate significant progress toward attaining certification by March 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be considered only if all of the following criteria are met:

1. Farms must be located in the continental United States.

2. Farms must be working, independent family farms. These are farms on which a family or individual 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. (Schedule F form or a general farm income statement from your 2015 or 2016 tax return is required with application.)

3. Proposed projects must impact at least one of these species: pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, turkeys, sheep, dairy cows, or beef cattle.

4. All proposed projects must begin and be completed within the timeframe of February 2018 through February 2019. Projects that are completed before February 2018 are not eligible for funding.

5. Only one application per farm per year will be accepted.

6. If awarded a grant, farmers must agree to a scheduled farm visit(s) by FACT and/or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) staff, as well as flash photography and videos during the visit, and the use of the farm name/photos/video in FACT and/or ASPCA publications and websites.

7. Farms must already raise animals (produce-only farms are not eligible). Projects involving a new species of animals on an existing livestock/poultry operation will be considered.

8. No funds will be awarded to:

- Farms that are in their first year of production or to non-profit organizations.
- The purchase of animals (with the exception of livestock guardian dogs), land, or recurring expenses such as animal feed.
- Projects related to the production of raw milk.
- Projects related to the slaughter, transportation, and/or processing of animals.

In addition to the general requirements for all applications, farmers applying for a Pasture Improvement Grant must adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Projects must be designed to improve animal welfare by helping a farm transition to a pasture-based system and/or improving the animals’ access to well-managed pasture.

2. Animal welfare certification is not required to apply for a Pasture Improvement Grant. Applications will be accepted from farms that already hold certification and those that are not pursuing certification.

In addition to the general requirements, farmers applying for a Certification Grant must adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Applications will be considered for projects that are designed to help farmers achieve one of six certifications for their livestock or poultry:

- American Grassfed Association (AGA) Certified Grassfed
- Animal Welfare Approved (AWA)
- Certified Humane (CH)
- Certified Naturally Grown (CNG)
- Global Animal Partnership (GAP) steps 4 to 5
- USDA Certified Organic

2. Proposed Certification Grant projects must be directly related to certification requirements and help a farm meet a specific certification standard(s).

3. Farms at any stage of the certification process are eligible to apply.

4. Farms that hold one of the certifications listed above for some but not all of their livestock and poultry species are eligible to apply. Projects that help farms achieve certification for additional species will be considered.

5. If awarded a certification grant, farms must become certified or be able to demonstrate significant progress toward attaining certification by March 1, 2019.

6. Funds are to be used for on-farm improvements that will result in qualifying for certification but the funds cannot be used to pay for certification fees.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 PM CST on December 4, 2017.

Grants will be awarded in January 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply for a Pasture grant:

Apply for a Certification grant:

Please contact Larissa McKenna, FACT’s Humane Farming Program Director, at or at (773) 525-4952 with any questions after reviewing the guidelines.

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