We are pleased to announce that FACT (Food Animal Concerns Trust) is now accepting applications from livestock and poultry farmers for our Fund-a-Farmer grants! Our Fund-a-Farmer Project provides grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. https://www.fundafarmer.org/apply-for-grant Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded for projects that help farms transition to and/or improve pasture-based systems. Learn more about pasture-focused projects and see funded project examples here: http://www.fundafarmer.org/fact-funds-pasture-focused-projects. We are looking to fund working, independent family farmers that raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows, turkeys and/or beef cattle. Other species not on this list are not eligible for consideration at this time. Applications will only be accepted from farms already considered highly welfare-oriented as determined by holding or working toward a humane certification for their livestock or poultry. These certifications are: a. AGA Certified Grassfed b. Certified Humane c. USDA Certified Organic d. Animal Welfare Approved e. Certified Naturally Grown f. Global Animal Partnership Levels 4- 5+ To learn more about this year’s new requirement regarding humane certification, please read our blog post on The Role of Certifications in FACT’s Fund-a-Farmer Grants: http://www.fundafarmer.org/role-certifications-facts-fund-farmer-grants Applications must be submitted online by November 3, 2015 for grants awarded in March 2016. View eligibility criteria & guidelines and apply online via our Fund-a-Farmer Project website. Start your application now! Online applications are strongly encouraged. Interested in learning more about our Fund-a-Farmer grants? We are offering two free online information sessions this fall, which will include a presentation by Humane Farming Program Director Lisa Isenhart about how to apply as well as time for a Q&A. Please register online for either our September 29th info session ( https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EC50D985894F39 ) or our October 21st info session ( https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EC50D985844B31 ).