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Subject: CCOF Foundation's Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund - applications due 12/3

If you—or an organic producer you know—have experienced hardship during the 2018 calendar year, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance through the Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund. Applying is easy—complete the application by December 3, 2018.

Throughout the nation, farmers are experiencing severe economic losses as the results of extreme weather patterns, an increase in duration and number of natural disasters, and financial challenges. Now, more than ever, farmers need access to immediate and long-term financial support to prepare for and recover from natural disasters and economic loss.

Each year, the CCOF Foundation responds to crises like these by offering economic assistance to organic farmers, processors, and handlers who have experienced financial loss due to extreme hardship. Over the past eight years, over 150 certified organic businesses across the country have received financial support through CCOF’s Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund.

The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund—named to honor founding CCOF member Barney Bricmont—is the only fund that provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers who suffer losses due to extreme hardship. Since 2007, CCOF has distributed hardship assistance funds* to members of the organic community who are in need. Between 2014 and 2017 the CCOF Foundation provided nearly $160,000 in assistance to 171 organic producers.

Eligibility Criteria

Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund grants are available for applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Certified organic operations currently in good standing (valid organic certificate required for consideration)
  • Severe economic loss experienced in the 2018 calendar year
  • Submission of documentation or supporting evidence of economic loss resulting from the hardship (required for consideration)
  • Proof of organic certification fees paid in 2018 (by any accredited certifier)
  • Operations that have not received federal assistance for the same loss
  • Submission of a progress report/survey six months after you receive the grant

Applications must be received by the CCOF Foundation no later than December 3, 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

For more information, contact the CCOF Foundation at ccoffoundation@ccof.org or (831) 423-2263.

More information and to apply: https://www.ccof.org/ccof-foundation/bricmont-hardship-assistance-fund.

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11/08/18