Brighter Future Fund - American Farmland Trust

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Brighter Future Fund

Our nation’s farmers and ranchers work hard and face daily obstacles related to weather, changing economic forces, and the rising costs of land and inputs. AFT makes grants to farmers and ranchers to advance our mission to protect farmland, promote sound farming practices, and keep farmers on the land. We take extra care to make our application processes straightforward and accessible so that our grants can have a significant impact on a farm’s business and future.

AFT’s grants help drive new solutions for resolving key challenges facing our society by increasing the resilience of farms to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening local food systems, creating greater equity in opportunities for underserved farmers, ensuring the availability of sufficient clean water and habitat for threatened wildlife, and improving farm viability and community vitality.

Our Impact


Millions Dollars In Grants Directly to Farmers


States and Territories Represented in AFT Grant Programs


New and Beginning Farmers Awarded

Direct to Farmer Grants at American Farmland Trust

Check out this map below that includes awardees from the Brighter Future Fund and the New England Farm Microgrants Program. Look around the map to find a farmer in your area!

View the full map here for more details about each farmer.


Grantmaking Success Stories