FACT’s 2017 Fund-a-Farmer Grant Application

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

Is your project designed to help you transition to a pasture-based system and/or improve your animals’ access to well-managed pasture?

Apply for a Pasture Improvement Grant.

Is your project designed to help you meet a specific certification standard and achieve certification from American Grassfed, Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, Certified Naturally Grown, Global Animal Partnership (Levels 4-5) or USDA Organic?

Apply for a Certification Grant.

Before you apply, please review the below eligibility requirements. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm CST on December 4, 2017. Grants will be awarded in January 2018. 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.

A list of previously funded projects is available. 

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. (Schedule F form or a general farm income statement from your 2015 or 2016 tax return is required with application.)

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

4.      All proposed projects must begin and be completed within the time frame of February 2018 through February 2019. Projects that are completed before February 2018 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.      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.


Required documents

To apply, you will need to: 

  • Complete an online application form with information about your farm, proposed project, and project budget;
  • Upload a Schedule F form from your farm’s 2015 or 2016 tax return; and
  • 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.

Additional eligibility requirements for Pasture Improvement Grants

In addition to the general requirements for all applications, farmers applying for a Pasture Improvement Grant must adhere to the following guidelines:

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

Download a copy of the grant application questions. 

Additional eligibility requirements for Certification Grants

In addition to the general requirements, farmers applying for a Certification Grant must adhere to the following guidelines:

1.      Applications will be considered for projects that are designed to help farmers achieve one of six 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.      If awarded a certification grant, farms must become certified or be able to demonstrate significant progress toward attaining certification by March 1, 2019.

6.      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.

Download a copy of the grant application questions. 


    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 helps the farm move toward fulfilling FACT’s humane principles for 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 are sufficient funds and expertise to complete the project;
    • If the timeline is achievable; and
    • If the budget is reasonable and related to the project.

    If you have additional questions regarding this grant application, please contact us at grants@foodanimalconcerns.org. Thank you.