Are you a passionate farmer, educator, or farm researcher eager to pioneer sustainable agricultural practices and share your knowledge with others?
If so, you’ll be thrilled to know that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) has opened the doors to a range of grant programs designed to support your endeavors.
These grants are not just about funding; they represent a commitment to fostering sustainable agriculture, conserving the environment, and empowering communities. Let’s dive into the details of these exciting opportunities.
1. SARE Farmer Rancher Grants
Are you a farmer with innovative ideas for sustainable farming techniques? The SARE Farmer Rancher Grants might be your ticket to bringing those ideas to life. These grants offer funding of up to $15,000 for a single farm or an impressive $30,000 for two or more farms. This financial support enables you to design, lead, and execute research, demonstration, and education projects centered around sustainable farming practices.
Application Deadline: December 7, 2023
2. Research and Education Grants
Are you passionate about on-farm research, farmer education, and promoting environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and fiber systems? The Research and Education Grants have you covered, with funding ranging from $10,000 to a substantial $250,000. This program empowers you to explore and advocate for sustainable agricultural solutions.
Pre-Proposal Deadline: October 5, 2023
3. Partnership Grants
Collaboration is key in sustainable farming. The Partnership Grants, offering up to $50,000, encourage farm educators and agriculture professionals to work hand in hand with three or more farmers. Together, you can delve into research, demonstrations, education, or collaborative efforts addressing critical sustainability issues.
Application Deadline: October 19, 2023
4. Youth Educator Grants
If you’re passionate about educating the next generation about sustainable agriculture and careers in this field, the Youth Educator Grants provide up to $6,000 for your projects. Inspire and empower the youth to embrace sustainable farming practices.
Application Deadline: November 9, 2023
5. Michigan SARE Mini-Grant
For those looking to organize conferences or workshops centered around environmental, social, and financial sustainability for Michigan or regional farmers and educators, the Michigan SARE Mini-Grant offers support of up to $1,500. This opportunity is available year-round.
6. Michigan SARE Farmer Forum, Travel Scholarship, and More
Michigan SARE offers additional funding opportunities, including the Michigan SARE Farmer Forum, Travel Scholarship, and valuable support for grant writing. These resources are designed to empower farmers, educators, and students in their quest for sustainable agriculture solutions.
But that’s not all! Two more NCR-SARE grants—Professional Development Grants and Graduate Student Grants—will release calls for proposals in February, offering even more chances to secure funding for your sustainable agriculture projects.
Visit https://www.farmersadvance.com/story/news/2023/10/04/apply-now-for-four-sare-grant-programs/70922254007/ for more information
Get Started Today
The dedicated team at Michigan SARE is ready to assist you with your grant application. Whether you need guidance, proposal reviews, or simply have questions, they’re here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Sarah Fronczak at email@example.com or Katie Brandt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SARE has a rich history of supporting sustainable agriculture in Michigan, with over $9 million distributed for 313 grant projects since 1988. In 2023 alone, $1,318,142 in new funding is backing 17 Michigan research and education projects.
This USDA program doesn’t just provide funding; it offers a wealth of resources, from books and bulletins to videos and more. The aim is to support a diverse range of farmers and educators, promoting inclusivity and sustainability.
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