Local 316 has decided to expand the criteria for grants from its New and Young Farmers Fund.
We are granting funds:
- to help new and young farmers attend learning opportunities (conferences, workshops, farm tours, etc);
- to award 4-H scholarships in Frontenac and Lennox-Addington Counties; and,
- for the purchase of farming materials and equipment, particularly those related to mitigating climate change.
- Please be in touch if you are seeking agricultural learning opportunities or farming materials/equipment and do not fit the above categories.
For funding requests related to climate change, we will provide 50% of expenditures (maximum grant of $200/request) for items for young farmers (aged 35 and under) and new farmers (farming less than 5 years), with a limit of one request per farm per year.
Examples for eligible funding include, but are not limited to: fencing materials, gardening equipment, tree-planting, development of hedgerows and soil testing.
Examples of non-eligible items are: livestock, motorized equipment that burn fossil fuels.
Priority will be given to proposals that help mitigate climate change.
If applicable, applicants should include a short explanation of how their proposal relates to climate change mitigation.
Recipients will be asked to consider how they can give back to the NFU.
- Send an email (with your choice of written text, or an audio or video recording) providing the specifics (item, cost, reason/purpose, etc) to Local 316’s Secretary-Treasurer, Rick Munroe – rmj @ kos.net (no spaces).
- It will then be circulated to all directors and a collective decision will be made (hopefully within 7 days of his receiving the request).
- Receipts must be submitted after the grant has been approved and the purchase made. Reimbursement will then be issued.
Please note: Local 316 directors have set a limit of spending $3500 from the fund in a calendar year.