As of 11/22/16, FACT is no longer accepting applications for Fund-a-Farmer grants!
FACT’s Fund-a-Farmer Project provides small grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. In our fifth round of grant funding, we will award grants of up to $2,500 for two distinct types of projects:
- Animal Welfare Certification projects: New! Projects that are designed to help farms achieve Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, or Global Animal Partnership (GAP) steps 4 – 5 certification through on-farm improvements. This grant category has been made possible by generous support from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
- Pasture Improvement projects: Same as last year! Projects that help farms transition to pasture-based systems or improve access to pasture for their animals. To be eligible for a Pasture Grant, farms must already be considered highly welfare-oriented, as determined by holding or actively working toward one of six specified humane certifications for their livestock or poultry: AGA Certified Grassfed, Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, Certified Naturally Grown, USDA Certified Organic, Global Animal Partnership (GAP) steps 4 to 5+
We are now accepting applications! (Download an application) You can apply through our online application portal or send your application and required documents in the mail. If applying through the mail, please type directly into the application form and print it. Handwritten applications will not be accepted. Online submissions are encouraged. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by 11:59pm on November 21, 2016. Grants will be awarded by March 2017.
Please contact Larissa McKenna, FACT’s Humane Farming Program Director, at or at (773) 525-4952 with any questions after you have reviewed these guidelines and the application instructions. We look forward to receiving your application!
General eligibility requirements for all applications
To be considered eligible, all applications must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Only farms located in the continental United States will be considered.
- Farms applying for funding must raise at least one of the following animal species: pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, turkeys, dairy cows, or beef cattle. Proposed projects must impact at least one of these species.
- To be eligible, farms must already be raising animals (produce-only farms are not eligible to apply). However, projects involving a new species of animals on an existing livestock/poultry operation will be considered.
- FACT does not fund start-up ventures or non-profit organizations. A start-up venture is a farm that is in its first year of production and has not filed taxes on its operation in the past.
- Grants will be made only to farmers for a project on a working, independent family farm. This is a farm 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 2014 or 2015 tax return is required with application.)
- No funds will be awarded for the purchase of animals (with the exception of livestock guardian dogs) or recurring expenses such as animal feed.
- Projects related to slaughter, transportation, and/or processing of animals are not eligible for funding.
- If awarded a grant, farmers will be provided with a grant agreement for review and signature. Grantees will also be required to submit a final grant report at the conclusion of grant period (April 1, 2018).
- Funded farmers will be added to FACT’s online forum for farmers (a Google Group entitled “Humane Farming Forum”) and to our farmer email list. They may be asked to participate in activities for farmers such as webinars and online presentations.
- We will only accept one application per farm per year.
- Funding will not be considered for projects that have already been completed. The grant funding period runs from March 2017 through March 2018. All proposed projects should take place during this timeframe. If your project will begin sooner than that, please keep in mind that FACT will not fund elements of the project that are completed before March 2017.
Additional eligibility requirements for Animal Welfare Certification projects
In addition to the general requirements above, farmers applying for an Animal Welfare Certification Grant must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Projects must be designed to help farms achieve Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, or Global Animal Partnership (GAP) steps 4 to 5+ certification through on-farm improvements.
- Farms at any stage of the certification process are eligible to apply.
- Farms that hold one of the three certifications (Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, or GAP steps 4 – 5) for some but not all of their animals are eligible to apply. Projects that help farms achieve certification for additional species will be considered.
- If awarded a certification grant, farms must become certified or be able to demonstrate significant progress toward attaining AWA, CH or GAP certification in their final report (due April 1, 2018).
- Funds cannot be used for expenses related to certification fees, but rather on-farm improvements that will result in qualifying for certification.
- If awarded a grant, farmers must agree to a scheduled farm visit(s) by FACT and/or 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.
Additional eligibility requirements for Pasture Improvement projects:
In addition to the general requirements above on pages 1 and 2, farmers applying for a Pasture Improvement Grant must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Projects must be designed to improve animal welfare through increased access or improvements to pasture.
- Applications for Pasture Improvement Grants will only be considered from farms already considered highly welfare-oriented as determined by holding one of the following certifications for their animals or actively working toward one of these certifications: (a) AGA Certified Grassfed, (b) Animal Welfare Approved, (c) Certified Humane, (d) Certified Naturally Grown, (e) USDA Certified Organic, or (f) Global Animal Partnership (GAP) steps 4 to 5+.
- If awarded a Pasture Improvement grant, farms that do not already hold one of these certifications must be able to demonstrate significant progress toward attaining certification in their final report (due April 1, 2018).
- Proposed Pasture-Improvement projects do not need to be directly related to certification requirements. However, you may tell us if the proposed project will help you attain certification or not.
- If awarded a grant, farmers must agree to a scheduled farm visit(s) by FACT staff, as well as flash photography and videos during the visit and the use of farm name/photos/video in FACT publications and websites.
Grant Project Examples
For guidance on the general types of projects FACT aims to fund, please review the examples below. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. As long as you meet the eligibility criteria above and make a compelling case for your project, your proposal will be considered. A list of previously funded projects is available at www.fundafarmer.org.
Animal Welfare Certification projects: Projects that are designed to help farms achieve Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, or GAP steps 4 – 5 certification through on-farm improvements, such as projects that would:
- Increase the bedding area for pigs to meet AWA standards
- Provide shade for cattle in open areas to meet Certified Humane Standards.
- Allow farms to give broiler chickens enough space to express natural behavior in order to meet GAP step 4 or 5 standards.
Pasture Improvement projects: Projects that help farms transition to pasture-based systems or improve access to pasture for their animals, such as projects that would:
- Revamp existing housing to encourage outdoor access
- Build new housing, such as portable houses for frequent rotation of hens, integrated production systems, hoop houses
- Improve water delivery to animals on pasture
- Improve quality of pasture in terms of animal nutrition & health of land
- Increase shade and/or protect against the elements
- Provide effective/safe fencing of pasture
- Allow multi-species rotational grazing
Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by November 21, 2016.
Online submissions are strongly encouraged. (Apply online.) Upload your completed application form and required documents (three photos & Schedule F) to our online application portal. If you experience any difficulties with the online application, please contact Larissa McKenna at .
If not submitting the application online, please download the application, and type directly into the document. Print and mail your completed, typed application to:
Food Animal Concerns Trust
Attn. Fund-a-Farmer Project grants
3525 W. Peterson Avenue, Suite 213
Chicago IL, 60659