The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund

Hardship Assistance

Need hardship assistance? The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund is here to help.

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 $129,000 in assistance to 159 organic producers. 

Eligibility Criteria

The CCOF Foundation 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)
  • Submission of a receipt for 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 six months after you receive grant
  • Grantees from previous years are welcome to re-apply

How to Apply

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

*Award amounts range from $1,000-$2,500. Applications must be filled out completely in order to be eligible for consideration.

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