The Animal Welfare Approved program is making available grants to improve animal welfare for Animal Welfare Approved farms, farms that have completed an application to join the program, or slaughter plants that are working with an AWA farm and/or have consented to be reviewed by AWA. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2014.
Funding priorities for this cycle include: improved genetics, increased outdoor access, welfare improvements in the slaughter process and non-lethal predator control. Previous on-farm projects include: new mobile housing and incorporation of new genetics to better facilitate pasture-based management. Previous slaughter plant projects include: new knock boxes and handling facility improvements, stunners for on-farm poultry slaughter, mobile processing units, and visual barriers to reduce handling stress. Feel free to browse AWA’s grant profiles to learn more about previously funded projects.
Guidelines and applications for farmers and slaughter plants can be found below. Contact Grants Coordinator Emily Lancaster Moose by email or by phone at (202) 618-4497 with questions.
2014-2015 Good Husbandry Grant Guidelines (PDF)
For additional funding opportunities outside of AWA, please visit USDA’s website here.