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Grants to USA Agricultural Professionals in Multiple
States for Research and Education in Sustainability

Professional and Producer Grants

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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11/03/21 12:00 PM (Noon) MDT


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Grants to USA agricultural professionals in multiple states and territories to conduct sustainability projects in collaboration with qualifying businesses. Funding is intended to support projects that incorporate both research and education. Eligible projects should further the three components of sustainable agriculture—environmental, economic, and social—and use innovative educational outreach to disseminate new knowledge to producers and other agricultural stakeholders. Eligible states and territories include Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Federated States of Micronesia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

This grant program involves agricultural professional (main applicant) and producers implementing projects to address identified needs in sustainable agriculture. It is expected that outcomes of funded projects will result in quantifiable benefits for producers, increase the preservation of the natural and social resources upon which agriculture relies, and be shared with other producers.

With a Professional + Producer Research and Education Grant, an Agricultural Professional and five (5) Producers work together to develop a proposal to conduct both research and outreach on a sustainable agriculture topic. Outreach activities may include on-farm/ranch demonstrations, farmer-to-farmer educational activities, and other approaches to assist producer adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. The goal of this program is to achieve results that can be communicated to producers and professionals; sustain and improve the environmental quality and natural resource base on which agriculture depends; improve the profitability of farmers/ranchers and associated agricultural businesses; and enhance the quality of life for farmers/ranchers in local communities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 158703

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total funds requested cannot exceed $75,000 over the entire project period.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be one-to-three years in length.

Please choose a start date that corresponds with the first-of-the-month. Start dates must be no earlier than April 1, 2022 and no later than October 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: WSARE requires that agricultural producers be involved from inception to finish in the planning, design, implementation, and educational outreach of any SARE-funded project. Each of the WSARE-funded grant programs, has slightly different requirements for the composition of the team and eligible applicants. Assemble your project team accordingly, keeping in mind the inherent interdisciplinary nature of sustainable agriculture.

The project team must be a minimum of six (6) people and must include: An Agricultural Professional (Principal Investigator) and at least five (5) Producers. One of the Producers must be identified as the Advisor Representative. The team may also include additional collaborators.

Professional + Producer Grant funds may not be used for the following purposes:
- Capital Equipment purchases above $5,000
- Starting or expanding a farm or farm operation.
- Major renovations/permanent improvements to a farm or ranch, such as constructing or remodeling a building.
- Repairs/Maintenance of equipment or buildings.
- Providing meals during events that are not necessary to maintain the continuity of a scheduled meeting; breakfasts and dinners typically do not qualify.
- Testing of commercial products.

Agricultural Professional: An agricultural professional is any professional assisting producers at the local level such as a Cooperative Extension educators/agents or specialists, University faculty or researchers, USDA-NRCS field staff, agricultural consultants, nonprofit organization staff members, etc.

Producers: Each producer must be an independent and separate operator. Nonprofit farm operations may participate in the project, but do not count as one of the required producers. A person qualifies as a producer (farmer/rancher) if they have a for-profit operation and:
- Their primary occupation is farming or ranching and have a farm/ranch taxpayer identification number (TIN); or
- They are a part-time producer with at least $1,000 documented annual income from farming or ranching activities

Pre-Application Information:

Professional + Producer Grant Program
- November 3, 2021 – Proposals are due by 12 pm (noon) MDT.
- January 2022 – A Technical Review Panel reviews and recommends proposals for funding.
- March 2022 – Western SARE Administrative Council makes a final selection of proposals.
- April 2022 – Applicants are notified of the status of their submission.

Notification: The Western SARE Administrative Council will select proposals for funding in March 2022. The Administrative Council reserves the right to restructure or reduce the budget of any grant proposal before final approval. Western SARE staff will notify applicants of the status of their proposals in April 2022.

Funding: All Subawards are cost reimbursable. The subrecipient will be responsible for invoicing MSU for all allowable expenses. Invoices are to be submitted according to the guidelines in the Subaward Agreement. Reimbursements of allowable expenses will be subject to the submission and approval of annual progress reports. No submitting progress reports in a timely manner will cause withholding payments of invoices for expenses incurred from the due date of the progress report on. 10% of the awarded amount will be withheld pending submission and approval of the final report.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All proposals are submitted online at:

Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
Bozeman MT 59717
(406) 994-4789

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Montana;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   Oregon;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)

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