The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund

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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 in the nation that provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers who suffer financial losses due to extreme hardship. Since 2007, CCOF has distributed $180,000 in awards.*

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)
  • Experienced economic hardship in the 2019 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 2019 (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

A print version of the application is also available. Applications will be accepted throughout the 2019 calendar year, with two application deadlines: May 31, 2019, and November 25, 2019. Awards will be made in June and December. 

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


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