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Grants and In-Kind Donations to USA Veterans for Farming Business Assistance

Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund Grant Program and Geared to Give


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
167041

Funding Source
FARMER VETERAN COALITION
Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund - Kubota Tractor Corporation
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/14/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 and in-kind equipment donations to USA veteran-owned agricultural businesses. The purpose of this program is to assist veterans with the purchase of livestock, vehicles, equipment, and other supplies required to support the veteran's entry into the ranching or farming industry. Purchases are made through third-party vendors and must be directly related to building the veteran's agricultural business.

Some of the most common purchases include:

  • All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV)
  • Beekeeping equipment
  • Breeding livestock
  • Bulk feed
  • Fencing
  • Scholarships
  • Storage freezers
  • Tractor implements
  • Walk-behind tractors

Geared to Give: Geared to Give is a partnership between FVC and Kubota Tractor Corporation. Kubota will be donating equipment, including tractors, utility vehicles, and hay tools. Kubota equipment will be awarded in the spring. All are welcome to apply to receive equipment through Kubota’s ‘Geared To Give’ program. The application for the Geared to Give program is integrated into the Fellowship Fund Application. 



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, currently be on active-duty, or serving in the military reserve/National Guard.
- Applicants must be members of FVC (you can join for free at farmvetco.org)
- Applicants must have an honorable discharge (other characters of discharge may be accepted on a case-by-case basis). Active duty or reserve members need a command support letter.
- The Fellowship is designed to support for-profit ag businesses.
- Applicants must have an agricultural business in operation, and submit a business plan.
- Applicants must be willing to fully participate in the Fellowship Program, which includes reporting progress, capturing photos of the purchase, and mentoring aspiring veteran farmers if needed.
- Applicants must have the desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on the farmer veteran community.

Previous recipients of the Fellowship award are only eligible to apply again for funding if previously awarded $1,000 or less.

Ineligible
Non-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information
The application for the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund opens once per year at which time eligible veterans are given no less than four (4) weeks to submit a fully completed application.

The application review process can take up to two months with awardees usually being notified in the Spring.

Upon notification of their award, Fellowship recipients may begin seeking out third-party vendors to make their purchase. All third-party vendors must be approved by the Fellowship Fund manager prior to purchase.

After an approved third-party vendor has been selected, the Fellowship Fund manager makes the payment on the farmer veteran’s behalf.

Fellowship Fund Webinar Recording: https://youtu.be/sAqIkeRYkg8

Application Review and Business Planning Video Recording: https://youtu.be/SGrU_bPKNlk

Estimated Size of Grant
Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract
Farmer veterans who are selected as Fellowship recipients have six (6) months to use their award.

Contact Information
Apply online: https://www.tfaforms.com/5101229

Contact form: https://farmvetco.org/about-us/contact-us-2/

FVC Headquarters
1516 Austin Ave #2
Waco, TX 76701

PO Box 660675 PMB 94776
Dallas, TX 75266-0675
(855) FVC-FARM

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