Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is now accepting applications for Fund-a-Farmer grants for livestock or poultry farmers who want to improve animal welfare on their farms. FACT will award grants of up to $2,500 for two types of projects: animal welfare certification and pasture improvement. Applications are due by Nov. 21, 2016.
Since 2012, FACT has provided grants to qualifying livestock and poultry farmers for projects designed to improve farm animal welfare. This year we will award grants of up to $2,500 for two distinct types of projects:
- 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. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA) is generously underwriting the Fund-a-Farmer Project’s Animal Welfare Certification Grants.
- Pasture Improvement projects: Projects that help farms transition to pasture-based systems or improve access to pasture for their animals. To be eligible for a Pasture Improvement 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.
To be eligible for either type of grant, farms must be working, independent operations that raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows, turkeys and/or beef cattle. Farmers can visit the FACT website to view all of the grant guidelines and to apply online. All applications must be submitted online or postmarked by November 21, 2016.
Image Source: Apple Ridge Farm, FAF grant recipient, found at www.fundafarmer.org