FACT’s 2018 Fund-a-Farmer Grant Application

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) provides grants up to $2,500 to qualifying farmers who need assistance to improve the welfare of their farm animals. FACT offers two types of grants: Pasture Improvement Grants and Animal Welfare Certification Grants.

Does your project help you transition to a pasture-based system, improve the quality of your pasture, and/or expand your animals’ access to well-managed pasture? 

> Apply for a Pasture Improvement Grant

Does your project help you meet a specific certification standard and achieve Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane or Global Animal Partnership (steps 4-5) certification?

> Apply for an Animal Welfare Certification Grant

Application Instructions

Before you apply, please review the eligibility requirements below. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm CST on November 28, 2018. 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.

Grants will be awarded in January or February 2019. Please contact Larissa McKenna, FACT’s Humane Farming Program Director, at grants@foodanimalconcerns.org or at (773) 525-4952 with any questions after reviewing these guidelines.



Eligibility requirements for all applications

Applications will be considered only if all of the following criteria are met:

1.      Farms must be located in the continental United States.

2.      Farms must 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 2016 or 2017 tax return; this document is not required at time of application.

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

4.      All proposed projects must begin and be completed within the time frame of February 2019 through May 2020. Projects that are completed before February 2019 are not eligible for funding.

5.      Only one application per farm per year will be accepted.

6.      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.                                                           

7.      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.

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

9.      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.


Additional eligibility requirements for Certification Grants

In addition to the general requirements, farmers applying for an Animal Welfare Certification Grant must adhere to the following guidelines (download a copy of the application questions):

1.      Applications will be considered for projects that are designed to help farmers achieve one of three certifications for their livestock or poultry:

Grants for projects that result in Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, and GAP (steps 4 - 5) certification have been made possible by generous support from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

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

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

4.      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.

5.      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.

6.      If awarded a certification grant, farms must become certified or be able to demonstrate significant progress toward attaining certification by May 1, 2020.

7.      Funds are to be used for on-farm improvements that will result in qualifying for certification but the funds cannot be used to pay for certification fees.


Additional eligibility requirements for Pasture Grants

In addition to the general requirements for all applications, farmers applying for a Pasture Improvement Grant must adhere to the following guidelines (download a copy of the grant application questions):

1.      Projects must be designed to improve animal welfare by helping a farm transition to a pasture-based system, expand the animals’ access to well-managed pasture, and/or improve the quality of pasture.

2.      Animal welfare certification is not required to apply for a Pasture Improvement Grant. Applications will be accepted from farms that already hold certification and those that are not pursuing certification.


How will grant decisions be made?

FACT relies on a panel of expert humane livestock farmers to review eligible applications. All personal and contact information is redacted from the application to ensure that the final review process is anonymous.

Eligible applications will be scored on the following factors:

  • How well the proposed project would help the farm improve animal welfare;
  • How well the proposed project is designed and if it would help the farm reach the intended goal (increasing access to or improving pasture, or achieving certification);
  • If there is sufficient expertise to complete the project;
  • If the timeline and proposed steps are achievable; and
  • If the budget is reasonable and related to the project.

In general, while the number of animals that will benefit from a proposed project is not a stand-alone factor, it may be taken into consideration when scoring comparable projects.  If you have additional questions regarding this grant application, please contact us at grants@foodanimalconcerns.org. Thank you.