The State of Alaska has opened up a grant application period for individuals and organizations who raise livestock in Alaska (both small and large animals) who have been impacted by the significant increase in livestock feed costs, including the reduced availability of local hay and grain.
More than $570,000 in funding is available through a special round of the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the State of Alaska’s Division of Agriculture.
DNR is targeting this competitive grant opportunity at Alaskans who raise animals to feed their families and local communities, and who are struggling with Alaska’s significant increase in livestock feed costs over the past year. This grant is tailored to especially help the individual livestock owner.
“My administration continues to focus on advancing food security across the state, and this program ensures livestock farmers can keep raising animals in Alaska,” Gov. Mike Dunleavy said.
The grant application period opened Monday and closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Applicants must meet eligibility requirements and currently own livestock – the grants are for existing operations and may not be used for new animals. Fixed awards will be granted to purchase feed for:
- Small animal operations (poultry, eggs, rabbits): $2,000
- Large animal operations (cattle, goats, pigs, reindeer, sheep, elk, yak, bison): $5,000
The department tutorial on how to fill out the micro grant application is here: