Next Generation Farming:
Northeastern Heritage Livestock Micro Grant Program

Request for Applications

Instructions for Applying

The Livestock Conservancy is a national non-profit membership organization that works to protect over 150 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. A generous grantor has provided funding to enhance the competitiveness and stability of heritage breed livestock and poultry farms in the Northeastern United States. To help achieve these goals, The Livestock Conservancy will offer competitive small grants to heritage breed enterprises in this region. Funds may be used for improvements for farm animals and infrastructure, promotion and marketing, improved production efficiency, or farmer education.

Who should apply? The focus of the micro grant program is the Northeast region of the U.S. as defined by the U.S. Census bureau, which includes the states of: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Applicants must be residents of one of these states and actively working with heritage breeds. Support will be provided through a competitive micro grants program for a variety of farm-related operations, including, but not limited to, livestock, poultry, processing, milk, meat and egg production and sales, agri-tourism, wool milling, promotions and marketing.

Applicants must:
1)Work with livestock, poultry, or products on The Livestock Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List of heritage breeds;

2)Farm in the Northeastern states listed above;

3)Include two letters of recommendation from a professional relationship or educator; if applicant in under the age of 18, a letter of support from a parent or guardian is required additionally. Please email letters as attachments to info@livestockconservancy.org. 

4)Provide a detailed plan for the use of the grant funds and a clear timeline for achieving proposed goals;

5)Submit a written report on the use and impact of the micro grant funds within one year of acceptance of the award of the funding.

Special consideration will be given to farmers who are members of their breed associations, and/or will represent The Livestock Conservancy at local events and bring heritage animals for display during the year following receipt of the grant.

How can the grant be spent? Suitable expenditures of grant funds include the purchase, production and marketing of heritage breed animals and their products, and agri-tourism using heritage breeds. Examples of expenditures include, but are not limited to, purchase of livestock or poultry, producer training programs, fences, facilities, supplies, and specialized equipment, or product marketing. Funds must be used as stated in the applicant’s proposal. Funds may not be used for wages or compensation for individuals. Use of funds inconsistent with the proposal will result in forfeiture of award and repayment of funds. Receipts for purchases will be required for reimbursement, or grantees may request purchase to be made directly by the Livestock Conservancy. Farmers have one year to use their funds.

How much is awarded? The amount of award can be from $500-$2000.

When are applications due? Proposals for funding must be received at The Livestock Conservancy’s office by November 15th, 2018. Decisions will be made within two months after the due date. Only one application per farm will be accepted.

Where to submit applications:

Electronic applications may be submitted using the link at the bottom of this page.

For questions, or for those without online access, a paper copy of the application may be requested at:

The Livestock Conservancy
Attn: Micro-Grants
PO Box 477
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 542-5704

Paper applications should be submitted to the mailing address above.

Current employees and Directors of The Livestock Conservancy and their spouses, are not eligible for the program. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

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If you would like to fund micro grants in other regions, please contact The Livestock Conservancy at (919) 542-5704 or at info@LivestockConservancy.org.