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Fund a Farmer Grant Applications Open

Posted on November 23, 2022 // view all Grants & Loans // Workshops

FACT (Food Animal Concern Trust) awards competitive grants of up to $3,000 to working, independent farmers located in the 50 United States and five major U.S. territories who raise beef cattle, bison, broiler chickens, dairy cows, ducks, geese, goats, laying hens, pigs, sheep and/or turkeys. Before submitting your online application, please read the complete set of eligibility guidelines below. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm CT on January 10, 2023 to be considered for this round of funding. Grants will be awarded in March 2023.

Berkshire Grown will be holding one hour grant grant editing assistance sessions on:

  • Monday, December 5th
  • Wednesday, December 7th
  • Monday, December 12th
  • Wednesday, December 14th

If you would like us to assist you with editing your applications, please have a rough draft prepared in advance of your meeting. Email Jordan at jordan@berkshiregrown.org to inquire about meeting times.

All applications will be submitted online through one main Fund-a-Farmer Grant application, no matter the type of project. To begin, applicants will be required to log-in or set-up an account in the Good Grants system. As in past years, FACT will fund the following:

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.

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® Raised and Handled (HFAC), 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.

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