Farmer Veteran Coalition Fellowship Fund
The Farmer Veteran Coalition’s Program Director, Rachel Petitt…
“If anyone listening is a veteran, and is interested in beginning a career in agriculture, even if you don’t have something already in operation… reach out to us through our website. We have a vast library of resources, we can connect you to another veteran who can be a mentor, you can talk to someone on our staff, we have a team of qualified veterans who have all be involved in agriculture in one way or another, and we have partners around the country who…. Can get you the resources you need.”
The fund is on track to award a total of $500,000 in grants in 2022 to military veterans and active armed forces members who are currently farming.
Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000, and can be used to purchase farming equipment and related supplies.
To apply, visit www.farmvetco.org/fvfellowship
Additional information from the Farmer Veteran Coalition website:
ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS:
-Must be a member of Farmer Veteran Coalition. Click here to join now.
-Have served or are currently serving in any branch of the United States Military.
-Received an ‘Honorable’ characterization of service upon discharge from the military. Other characterizations of service may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
-Currently serving service members must provide a letter of support from their commanding officer or designated representative attesting to their characterization of service.
-Must have an agricultural business in operation and a business plan.
-The Fellowship is designed to support for profit agricultural businesses, non-profit entities are not eligible to apply.
-Previous Fellowship recipients are NOT eligible to re-apply.
-Must be willing to fully participate in the Fellowship Program, which includes periodic progress reports, mentoring other farmer veterans and a desire to make a positive impact on the farmer veteran community.