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. Awards range
from $1,000 to $5,000 to purchase equipment or supplies that will support your
farm business. The application process is extremely competitive and submitting
an application does not guarantee
It will be helpful to have the
following information available during the process: military service history,
educational background, farming history, business and financial plans, short
term and long term goals. The application process can
take 1-2 hours to complete. It is strongly
recommended that you write your responses in a Word document on your
computer, and save the document often. Copy and paste the text over to
the application. This will prevent losing information in the case of a
Previous recipients of the Fellowship award are not eligible to apply in 2020. Previous Tractor Supply gift certificate awardees are invited to apply.
Applicants must have served in
the U.S. Armed Forces, currently be on active-duty, or serving in the
military reserve/National Guard.
must be members of FVC (you can join for free at farmvetco.org)
must have an honorable discharge (other characters of discharge may be
accepted on a case-by-case basis). Active duty or reserve members need a
command support letter.
must have an agricultural business in operation, and submit a business plan.
must be willing to fully participate in the Fellowship Program, which includes
reporting progress, capturing photos of the purchase, and mentoring aspiring
veteran farmers if needed.
must have a desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on
the farmer veteran community.
Each applicant will be evaluated based
on the following criteria:
Training, Experience, and/or Transferable skills.
Investment in the farm business.
and succinct funding request that will help the business grow in the long term.
and goals for the future of the business.
Documents Required: (uploaded in a
digital file format as a word document, PDF or JPEG)
of military service. All discharged service members must provide their most
recent DD-214 that includes character of service (Member 4). Active,
Reservist, or National Guard applicants must provide a command support letter.
business plan, outlining the business you currently operate and future business
goals. Minimum one page and maximum five page business plan. If your business plan is longer than 5 pages, please submit the 5 pages that will give an overview of your business, sales, and goals.
application includes a short essay question exploring the following
areas: motivation and experiences that led to launching your business and education and
career ambitions in agriculture. Minimum one paragraph, maximum one page.
are always made through third party vendors and must be directly related to
building your agricultural business. If awarded a Fellowship, you must follow
FVC's purchasing procedures.
part of your role as a Fellow, we may ask you to become a peer mentor to other
farmer veterans and/or become an ambassador of the Farmer Veteran Coalition to
assist in promoting our mission.
will be expected to provide periodic business and progress reports when
will be expected to maintain a high moral character while representing FVC in
In addition to funding, Fellows
to peer mentors, business planning assistance, and the farmer
to become a peer mentor for other farmer veterans.
profile story featuring your agricultural business on the Farmer Veteran
Coalition website, social media and newsletters- including links to your
website and Facebook page if desired.