Types of Grants
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1. Research & Education Grants
These grants – also known as Chapter 1 for their designation in the enabling legislation – involve scientists, producers, and others using interdisciplinary approaches to address issues related to sustaining agriculture. The 2016 Call for Pre-Proposals will be issued in April 2015, with pre-proposals due in June 2015. Following scrutiny by a technical review panel of scientists, agency personnel, producers, and others, presenters of the best pre-proposals will be asked to submit full proposals, due in November 2015. Full proposals will undergo technical review in January 2016, and the Western SARE Administrative Council will select proposals for funding in March 2016.
2. Professional Development Program Grants
These grants focus on training agricultural professionals to help them spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture concepts and practices. PDP Grants are limited to $75,000. Grants can run for up to three years, with the final year to be focused on project evaluation. The 2016 Call for Proposals will open in April 2015, with proposals due October or November 2015. Proposals will be reviewed by a technical panel in January 2016, and the Western SARE Administrative Council will select proposals for funding in March 2016.
These one- to three-year grants are conducted by agricultural producers with support and guidance from a technical advisor. Individual farmers or ranchers may apply for up to $20,000, and a group of three or more producers may apply for up to $25,000. Producers typically use their grants to conduct on-site experiments that can improve their operations and the environment and can be shared with other producers. Grant recipients may also focus on marketing and organic production. The 2016 Call for Proposals will open in April 2015, with proposals due in December 2015. A technical review will be held in January 2016, and proposals will be selected for funding in March 2016.
4. Professional + Producer Grants
These one- to three-year grants are similar in concept to the Farmer/Rancher Grants with a few key differences. Instead of a producer serving as the project coordinator, an agricultural professional – Cooperative Extension educator or Natural Resources Conservation Service professional – coordinates the project. A farmer or rancher serves as the project advisor. Applicants can seek up to $50,000 and must have at least five producers involved. The Call for Proposals for Professional + Producer Grants will open in April 2015, with proposals due in December 2015. A technical review will be held in January 2016, and proposals will be selected for funding in March 2016.
5. Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture
The Graduate Student Grants provide a maximum of $25,000 and may last for up to two years. Those eligible to apply are masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time (as determined by the institution’s requirements) at accredited colleges or universities in the Western region. An applicant is eligible for only one grant during his or her graduate program. Call for Proposals have opened. Proposals are due 1 pm MDT May 13, 2015, after which they are assessed by a technical review panel in July. The Western SARE Administrative Council selects proposals for funding in July, and award notifications are made in August.