Animal Welfare Approved Grants Now Available
AWA is the most highly regarded food label when it come to animal welfare, pasture-based farming and sustainability.
Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is a food label for meat and dairy products that come from farm animals raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. The program was founded in 2006 as a market-based solution to the growing consumer demand for meat, eggs and dairy products from animals treated with high welfare and managed with the environment in mind.
AWA audits, certifies and support independent family farmers raising their animals according to the highest animal welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range. Called a "badge of honor for farmers" and the "gold standard," AWA has come to be the most highly regarded food label when it come to animal welfare, pasture-based farming and sustainability.
AWA is pleased to announce a call for proposal for its 2014-2105 Good Husbandry Grants program. Now entering its seventh year, the Good Husbandry Grants program has funded over 200 projects across the US and Canada to improve farm animal welfare.
AWA farmers (and those who have submitted an application for AWA certification) can apply for up to $5,000 toward projects that demonstrate improved well-being of the animals, such as mobile housing, breeding stock and on-farm processing equipment. Slaughter plants working with or seeking to work with AWA farmers are also eligible to apply for projects that will improve welfare in the slaughter process.
For application guidelines, FAQs, and profiles of previous Good Husbandry Grant recipients, visit AnimalWelfareApproved.org/farmers/grants-for-farmers. Contact Emily Lancaster Moose, grants coordinator, at email@example.com or call 202-618-4497. The deadline is Oct 1.
Emily Lancaster Moose is the lead farmer and market outreach coordinator at Animal Welfare Approved, working to build consumer awareness.