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Grants to USA Family- and Tribe-Owned Livestock and Poultry Farms to Improve Animal Conditions

Fund-a-Farmer Grant


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/15/24 11:59 PM CT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and territories family- and tribe-owned livestock and poultry farms for projects that improve animal conditions. Funding is intended to assist independent farmers in improving or expanding pasture, obtaining animal welfare certification, and building capacity or maintaining certification.

FACT awards competitive grants 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. 

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.
  • Grants for welfare-certified farmers: These grants are for projects that would help farms that already hold one of the certifications above to build capacity or maintain certification. These grants can be for on-farm production-related projects, or for other projects related to the marketing, sales, and distribution of welfare-certified products.

Farms and projects that fit into more than one category may indicate multiple types on the application form. 

Farms that do not hold one of the three specified certifications may apply for an on-farm, production-related project that would improve animal welfare and expand pasture-based systems.

Farms that already hold one of the three animal welfare certifications may apply for funds that can be used for on-farm, production-oriented projects as described above, as well as or other projects related to marketing, sales, and distribution of welfare-certified products.

Eligible expense categories include: materials, supplies, equipment, shipping/delivery costs, consultant/professional fees, travel, training, and hired labor costs.

For examples of eligible projects, the Full Grant Text RFP link. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Farms must be located in the 50 United States or five major U.S. territories and be working, independent farms, or operated by a federally-recognized tribal entity. These are farms on which a family, individual or tribe 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.

Additional funding for farms located within 200 miles of Chicago is available this year due to a grant from the Food:Land:Opportunity initiative.

For additional eligibility information, see the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

No funds will be awarded to:
- Farms that cannot provide a valid Schedule F, Schedule C or comparable form by March 2023. If you are not required to file taxes for your farm business because you farm on tribal land, please note this in your application.
- Non-profit organizations, schools, and farm sanctuaries are not eligible.
- The purchase of animals (with the exception of livestock guardian dogs for all applicants, and breeding stock for animal welfare-certified farms), land, or recurring operational expenses such as animal feed.
- Projects solely focused on aquaculture, apiaries, alpacas, horses, rabbits, or other types of animals not included in the list of eligible species above.
- Projects related to the production of raw fluid milk for human consumption.
- Projects related to the slaughter of animals.
- Certification fees associated with animal welfare or other types of certification.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Attend the webinar: FACT’s Getting your Farm Funded on Nov 1 @ 6pm ET: OR watch the instructional video below.

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm ET on January 15, 2024 to be considered for this round of funding. Grants will be awarded in March 2024.

Only one application per farm per year will be accepted.

FACT’s Funding Your Farm Short Course:

Need guidance applying? View this instructional video:

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum award per farm is $3,000.

Term of Contract
All proposed projects must begin and be completed within the time frame of March 2024 through June 2025. Projects that are completed before March 2024 are not eligible for funding.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have additional questions regarding the grant requirements or application, please contact

Food Animal Concerns Trust
3525 W. Peterson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 525-4952

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