Hardship Assistance

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The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund

The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund gives direct financial disaster assistance of up to $5,000 to organic producers. 

The Bricmont Fund has a long history of giving grants to organic producers recovering from natural disasters like wildfires or floods, unforeseeable life events, and other difficulties that can be challenging to any business. As climate change, the pandemic, and economic instability continues to impact farming communities, the Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund is part of an important support network helping organic businesses survive uncertain times. 

Hardship Assistance Grants for Organic Farmers

Receive financial assistance to help cover losses from natural disasters, personal hardship, or other unplanned emergencies.

Grant Amount: Up to $5,000

Eligibility: Bricmont Hardship Assistance fund applicants must: 

  • Be certified organic operation in good standing
  • Provide a valid organic certificate
  • Demonstrate severe economic loss experienced in the current calendar year 
  • Submit a complete description of hardship endured
  • Submit supporting evidence and financial documentation of economic loss resulting from the hardship 
  • Submit a receipt for organic certification fees paid in 2022 (by any accredited certifier) 
  • Submit a final progress report at the end of the award year

Grantees from previous years are welcome to re-apply for additional funding

Deadline: Applications are closed for Spring 2022. Please check back in August.

Even Changemakers Need Help at Times

Chris and Dana Laughlin grow organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs at Sea to Sky Farms, with farm sites in the redwood forests and along the Pacific coastline. When the CZU Lightning Complex fires swept through the Santa Cruz mountains last year, they lost their fruit orchard, equipment, and farm facilities. Our goal is to make recovery just a little bit easier for farmers like the Laughlins with financial assistance from the Hardship Assistance Fund. 

"At a time when our farm needed it the most, following the CZU Lightning Fire Complex, we were granted relief funds from CCOF's Foundation. Those funds helped us rebuild from the fire, which damaged critical infrastructure at the farm,” explained Chris. 

Community support is at the heart of the CCOF Foundation, and we’re here to support you, too. Apply for hardship assistance support or email Cassie Kent at ckent@ccof.org.