Brighter Future Fund assists farmers in marginalized groups

Farm and Food

Farmers around the U.S. are eligible for up to $5,000 in grants to use on projects to grow their operations or to protect farmland.

Financing for projects involving one or more individual farmer(s) or farm families is being provided by American Farmland Trust’s Brighter Future Fund. Only one grant is awarded per farmer/farm family.

Applications are being accepted from farmers in marginalized groups who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, women, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual who have had limited access to financial resources in the past.

These grants are designed to help farmers improve farm viability, access, transfer, or to permanently protect farmland or adopt regenerative agricultural practices and increase resilience to climate change. Funding will be allocated to help farmers access professional services and pay for equipment or infrastructure costs.

Since 2020, American Farmland Trust has provided approximately $2.5 million in grants directly to more than 2,000 farmers across the U.S. Also during that year, the Brighter Future Fund was formed to help farmers launch, grow, and sustain farms as they’ve dealt with issues impacting the food and agricultural system, including changing markets, severe weather, the COVID-19 pandemic, and climate change.

Applications will be reviewed and awarded in the order they’re received based on eligibility and will be accepted and awards granted until the available funds are disbursed. For more information and to apply, visit

American Farmland Trust, with support from various commercial and private donors, is funding these grants.

Additional grant and funding opportunities for farmers can be found on our Farm Finances page by clicking here. While these grant programs are small and competitive, they are suitable for supplementing other funds to address barriers identified in the farm business plan.