Food Animal Concerns Trust Launches Grant Program to Help Farmers Improve Conditions for Livestock
NEW MICROGRANTS FOR LIVESTOCK FARMERS TO IMPROVE HUMANE TREATMENT STANDARDS
The Food Animal Concerns Trust has announced the launch of the Healthy & Humane Farm Funds Project, a competitive microgrants initiative designed to empower livestock and poultry farmers across the United States to improve the treatment of farm animals.
Through this project, FACT will provide small grants to qualifying livestock and poultry farmers who wish to improve animal welfare on their farms. The organization will award grants of $500 to $1,500 for projects designed to help farmers 1) transition to pasture-based systems, 2) improve the marketing of their humane products, or 3) more generally enrich the conditions in which the farm animals are raised.
FACT is accepting applications for the first round of Healthy & Humane Farm Funds Project grants that will be awarded in June 2012.
To be eligible, farms must raise at least one of the following animal species: pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows, and/or beef cattle. Proposed on-farm animal welfare improvement projects must impact at least one of these species. Grants will be made only to farmers for a project on a working, independent family farm.
Complete program information, application procedures, and examples of eligible projects are available at the Humane Farm Funds Web site.