The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching. The Fellowship Fund does not give money directly to the veteran, but rather to third-party vendors for items the veteran has identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000, and nearly $3 million has been awarded to veterans since 2011.
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.
Previous Fellowship recipients are ONLY eligible to apply again if previously awarded $1,000 or less.
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
The Fellowship is designed to support for profit agricultural businesses, non-profit entities are not eligible to apply.
Farmer veterans who are selected as Fellowship recipients have six (6) months to use their award as outlined in their application or risk losing it to another deserving farmer veteran.
Upon notification of their award, Fellowship recipients may begin seeking out third-party vendors to make their purchase. All third-party vendors must be approved by the Fellowship Fund manager prior to purchase.
After an approved third-party vendor has been selected, the Fellowship Fund manager makes the payment on the farmer veteran’s behalf.
All are welcome to apply to receive equipment through Kubota’s ‘Geared To Give’ program. The application for the Geared to Give program is integrated into the Fellowship Fund Application.
Apply online at this portal.
The application, which consists of both short answer and essay questions, is comprised of five main focus areas: military service, educational background, prior farming experience, business and financial planning, and short-term and long-term goals.
Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:
Farm training/experience and/or transferable skills
Personal investment in their farm business
Strength of funding request and ability to show how an award will help grow their farm business
Vision and goals for the future of their business
Throughout the course of completing the application you will be required to upload the following additional document:
A business plan
Proof of service
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