The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is accepting applications through Feb. 14 for small grants aimed at helping military veterans in their early years of farming and/or ranching.
The FVFF doesn't give money directly to farmers, but pays third-party vendors for items the veteran says will make a crucial difference in their business. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. Established in 2008, the nonprofit has provided more than 600 veterans with $3 million in equipment over the past decade.
To be eligible, applicants must be honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. military, have an agricultural business in operation with a functional business plan, and must be willing to fully participate in the program, including progress reports and mentoring other farmer-veterans, and show a desire to make a positive impact on the farmer-veteran community.