Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education announces Professional + Producer Grant Program

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) funds proposals of innovative research and educational outreach for advancing sustainable agricultural practices in the Western U.S., with awards up to $85,000 per proposal. Applications for this grant program are due October 22, 2024.

What is Western SARE?
SARE has four regional offices including North Central, Northeast, South, and West that support their own state-level programs with distinct requirements and timelines. This blog will focus on the solicitation for the Professional and Producer Grant Program released by Western SARE covering Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Micronesia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

What is the purpose of the Professional and Producer Grant Program?
The goal of this grant program is to obtain results that are applicable to agricultural production; sustain and improve the environmental quality and natural resources upon which agriculture depends; improve the profitability of farmers/ranchers; and enhance the quality of life of agricultural communities. As such, all Western SARE projects must contain both research and education components.  

What are the requirements to apply?
Western SARE requires that agricultural producers be involved from inception to finish in the planning, design, implementation, and educational outreach of any Western SARE funded project keeping in mind the inherently interdisciplinary nature of sustainable agriculture. Professional + Producer projects require a team of at least four people, including an Agricultural Professional (Principal Investigator or PI), and at least three independent Producers, as defined below.

  • An Agricultural Professional is any professional assisting agricultural producers, such as Cooperative Extension specialists, university faculty or researchers, United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service field staff, agricultural consultants, or nonprofit organization’s staff. The Agricultural Professional serves as the PI and is responsible for carrying out the project’s contractual provisions and expenditures, and for achieving the stated research and education objectives.
  • A Producer (farmer/rancher) must have a for-profit operation, and their primary occupation is farming or ranching and have a taxpayer identification number or they are a part-time producer with at least $1,000 documented in annual income or equivalent from farming or ranching activities.

 

What are the primary components of this application?
Each Western SARE project needs to:

  • Identify a problem of sustainable agriculture and research question(s);
  • Describe the research activities and explain how this project will creatively address the identified problem;
  • Describe the outreach activities and explain how results will be disseminated among agricultural stakeholders; and
  • Enumerate the expected project outcomes.

 

What is the funding opportunity for this grant program?
The maximum award for the Western SARE Professional + Producer Program is $85,000 (including Indirect Costs) for up to three years. Funds are awarded to the PI’s organization.
There is no match requirement for this grant.

What is the timeline for this grant opportunity?
The deadline to apply is October 22, 2024 by 12pm MT time.
Award announcements will be in March 2025.
Project start date is between April 1, 2025 and October 1, 2025 and must be completed within a three-year period.
The full Call for Proposals is available here.
For more information on this grant or how to apply with Morrison’s assistance, please contact the Morrison Grants Team by email at grants@morrisonco.net or call us at 530-893-4764.

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