FARMER/RANCHER/FARM WORKER RESILIENCE AWARD APPLICATION

What is Farm Aid? 

Family farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers who have suffered hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis in CO, WY, NM, ID, UT, AZ, and MT maybe eligible for the the farm aid program. Funds are reserved for those who have the highest need, with 50 percent of funds reserved for farmers, ranchers, and farm workers who are in a socially disadvantaged group as defined below.

Socially disadvantaged groups are defined as groups whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities. Groups that qualify for preference under this fund are women and/or farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers of color (Black/African American, Asian/Asian American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, or Alaska Native). To qualify for this preference more than half of the agricultural business must be owned by individuals who are socially disadvantaged.

Family farms and ranches are defined as those where a substantial portion of family income comes from agricultural production and one or more members of the family is actively engaged in day-to-day farm or ranch management and labor. Rural residences that obtain a small portion of income from agricultural products are not eligible. Only one grant is allowed per family/farm or ranch operation.

How Much Money Is Awarded?

Successful applicants will receive a one-time $500 emergency resilience award.

What Can the Award Be Used for?

Resilience awards are intended as emergency relief for farmers, ranchers, farm workers, and their families. Use of the funds is restricted to household expenses, such as groceries, home utilities, medical bills, counseling, or other household expenses not directly related to the commercial operation of a farm or ranch. The funds may not be used for any business expense or investment. The IRS guidelines regarding direct assistance to farm, ranch, and farm worker families prevent Farm Aid from granting funds to support a farm or ranch and its business costs. Your acceptance of this  award signifies your understanding and agreement to these use requirements.

How Do I Apply? 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed on a weekly basis until funds run out. Checks will be issued to approved applicants within 10 business days of weekly review meeting. Please contact Justin Loch, MFU Membership Director, at jloch@montanafarmersunion.com  or at 452.6406.with questions.