** Updated 4/3: We've received a tremendous response from farmers across the country. Due to limited funding, we are currently adding interested farmers to our mini-grant waitlist in the event that additional funding becomes available. **
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is accepting mini-grant applications of up to $500 from livestock and poultry farmers who are experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mini-grants will be awarded on a rolling basis to eligible farmers until funding is depleted, after which farmers will be placed on a wait-list in the event that additional funding becomes available. We are only able to award one mini-grant per farm or household.
Guidelines: Farmers can request mini-grants for materials, services or equipment that would help them to transition to an online or alternative sales strategy (e.g. home delivery, on-farm sales), or for other projects that would help their farm business to maintain sales during this crisis. Examples include but are not limited to:
Refrigeration or freezer units for on-farm store
Credit card chip reader
Insulated bags or coolers for home delivery
Website or online store development
Essential supplies to maintain operation or ensure safety
Please note: FACT is not able to fund projects related to the slaughter/processing of animals or the production/sale of raw milk. Equine, aquaculture and beekeeping projects are also ineligible.
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. Farmers must own or be employed by a farm that raises livestock (ruminants, swine) and/or poultry, and be committed to raising their animals using humane management practices. Non-profits, schools and sanctuaries are not eligible. Refer to our mini-grants webpage for more information.