Animal Welfare Certification Grants

Grants of up to $2,500 are available for projects to help you meet a specific standard and become Certified Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, or GAP Animal Welfare Certified.

Applications must be submitted online by 5pm CST on December 2, 2019. Funding for FACT's Animal Welfare Certification Grants has been made possible by generous support from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Before you apply, please review the eligibility requirements below. To apply, complete an online application with information about your farm, proposed project, and project budget. You will also be asked to upload three color photographs that accurately depict the current state of your operation, including at least one of the animals the proposed project will benefit.

Please contact Larissa McKenna, FACT’s Humane Farming Program Director, with any questions after reviewing these guidelines. 


Eligibility requirements For Certification Grants

1.      Farms must be located in the continental United States and be working, independent family farms. These are farms 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. If you are selected to receive a grant you will be required to furnish a valid Schedule F form or comparable form from your most recent tax return; this document is not required at time of application. If you haven’t filed taxes for your farm in the past but expect to do so for 2019 before the grants are awarded in February 2020, please note this on your application.

2.      Applications will be considered for projects that are designed to help farmers achieve one of three certifications:

3.      Proposed Certification Grant projects must be directly related to certification requirements and help a farm meet a specific certification standard(s).

4.      Farms at any stage of the certification process are eligible to apply.

5.      Proposed projects must impact at least one of these species: pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, turkeys, sheep, dairy cows, beef cattle, and/or goats.

6.      Farms that hold one of the certifications listed above for some but not all of their livestock and poultry species are eligible to apply. Projects that help farms achieve certification for additional species will be considered.

7.      All proposed projects must begin and be completed within the time frame of February 2020 through May 2021. Projects that are completed before February 2020 are not eligible for funding.

8.      If awarded a certification grant, farms must become certified or be able to demonstrate significant progress toward attaining certification by May 1, 2021.

9.      Only one application per farm per year will be accepted. This means that farms should choose one grant category and may only submit one application total.

10.      If awarded a grant, farmers must agree to a scheduled farm visit(s) by FACT and/or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (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.                                                           

11.      Farms must already raise animals (produce-only farms are not eligible). Projects involving a new species of animals on an existing livestock/poultry operation will be considered.

12.      Farms that are already Certified AWA by AGW and seek additional certifications within the AGW family of labels are not eligible to apply for an Animal Welfare Certification Grant. Farms that are not currently AWA certified but are working toward any of the AGW affiliated certifications may apply.

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

14.      Funds are to be used for on-farm improvements that will result in qualifying for certification. No funds will be awarded to:

  • Farms that are in their first year of production or to non-profit organizations.

  • The purchase of animals (with the exception of livestock guardian dogs), land, or recurring expenses such as animal feed.

  • Projects related to the production of raw milk.

  • Projects related to the slaughter, transportation, and/or processing of animals.

  • Certification fees associated with animal welfare certification.