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Western States to Educate Farmers about Sustainable Agriculture

Research to Grass Roots Grants (R2GR)

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Deadline Date:

11/17/21 12:00 PM Noon MST


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Grants of up to $75,000 to USA IHEs, agencies, producers, and nonprofit organizations in multiple western states and Pacific territories to assist farmers and agricultural professionals in improving sustainability in agricultural production. Project approaches can include, but are not limited to the following: workshops, conferences, development of materials or curricula, demonstrations, web-based courses, educational activities, and materials (podcasts, videos, self-taught lessons, etc.), and tours. Eligible states and territories include Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Micronesia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The RGR proposals should:

  • Bring previously funded SARE projects into field application and education.
  • Increase sustainable agriculture knowledge, skills, and adoption.
  • Have outreach plans that demonstrate how the project will effectively deliver knowledge and skill to promote adoption.

Research to Grassroots Grants (RGR) are built on the SARE concept that results of applied research are used to train agricultural professionals and farmers/ranchers in the latest practices of sustainable agriculture. Successful proposals must take the research results from previously funded SARE projects and bring those results out into the field through education to ag professionals and producers. Results from the previous SARE-funded research must be the basis of the RGR project, and the connection to the previous research must be documented in the proposal. Examples of possible educational projects under RGR grants would include, but not restricted to, local demonstrations, trainings, focus groups, and application of research results by farmers or ranchers on their own operations. Funds may be used to support salary and/or travel for qualified individuals to come to the location(s) of the RGR project and assist with education or demonstration efforts to apply the underlying SARE research project results.

Criteria for 2022 RGR Grants:

  • The Research to Grassroots Grant program is designed to educate agricultural professionals and producers on critical issues in sustainable agriculture. Projects must be based upon previously completed SARE projects. Projects must improve the ability of agricultural professionals, farmers, and ranchers to put in place systems or methods that will enhance the sustainability of agriculture. 

Multi-faceted proposals are encouraged. Projects using multiple techniques or methods are preferred, as are efforts whose results can be applied to diverse audiences.

High priority regional topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Ag resiliency and climate change
  • Cover crops and soil health
  • Local food systems
  • Grazing and range issues
  • Integrated crop-livestock operations
  • System and enterprise diversification
  • Water for agriculture
  • Invasive species and integrated pest management
  • The human element of agriculture including families and communities
  • Enhancing the profitability of agriculture

Program goals can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 184778

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding limit $100,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

One to three years in scope.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each RGR proposal must include a team made up of producers, ag professionals, and possibly researchers. Representatives from land grant Universities, NGO’s, agency employees (such as state departments of agriculture or NRCS), or producers may lead the project. The team must have a structured plan, indicating activities such as meetings, trainings, outreach, and/or demonstrations. The role of each team member should be well explained in the proposal.

Research to Grass Roots 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.
- Repair and maintenance of existing equipment/infrastructure.
- 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.

Additionally, matching funds are not required or requested of Western SARE grant recipients. Please do NOT include matching funds in your budget or justification

Pre-Application Information:

Research to Grass Roots Grant Information:

- Deadline for submitting grant proposals: 12:00 NOON MST November 17, 2021
- Technical Review Panel selects proposals for grant funding: January 2022.
- Western SARE Administrative Council makes final selections: March 2022. Principal investigators of funded grants are informed by April 1, 2022.
- Funds for selected projects disbursed summer/fall 2022.

Contact Information:

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:

For more information about this call for proposals or Western SARE, contact the Western SARE PDP office at (307) 575-2416 or

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

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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)

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