2020 Microgrant recipients have been announced!
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. With the support of generous donors, microgrant funds enhance the competitiveness and stability of heritage breed livestock and poultry farms through small competitive grants. Funds may be used for the purchase of genetically important animals, improvements to farm infrastructure, rare breed promotion and marketing, improved production efficiency, or farmer education, as well as the processing and sales of milk, meat, and eggs from rare breeds. Agri-tourism and wool milling projects will also be considered.
Who should apply?
Applicants can apply for funds in only one of the following three categories of the microgrant program, which includes:
For full consideration, applicants must:
How can the grant be spent?
Suitable uses of grant funds include the purchase, production, and marketing of heritage breed animals and their products, as well as agri-tourism and product marketing using heritage breeds. Examples of expenditures include, but are not limited to, the purchase of livestock or poultry, producer training programs, fencing, facilities, supplies, and specialized equipment. Funds must be used as stated in the applicant’s proposal and may not be used for wages or compensation for individuals. The use of funds inconsistent with the proposal will result in forfeiture of the award and repayment of funds. Receipts for purchases will be required for reimbursement; microgrant recipients may also request purchases be made directly by the Livestock Conservancy. Farmers have one year to use their microgrant funds.
How much is awarded? Microgrants are awarded from $500 to $2,000.
When are the next applications due?
Applications will begin in early summer 2020 for the next round of awards. Watch this website for details.
Where to submit applications:
When the next round of funding opens, electronic applications may be submitted using the link at the bottom of this page. Applicants will need to register for an account within this microgrants system. Note this is NOT connected to a Livestock Conservancy membership account. This is a new account just for submitting microgrant applications.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 542-5704 with questions.
A paper copy of the application for those without online access may be requested at:
The Livestock Conservancy
P.O. Box 477
Pittsboro, NC 27312
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 microgrants program, nor may they be used for letters of recommendation. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.
Start planning your project to save rare and endangered livestock breeds from extinction! And check back later this year for the next application.
If you would like to help fund microgrants or other initiatives, please contact The Livestock Conservancy at (919) 542-5704 or at info@LivestockConservancy.org.