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Grants to USA Agricultural Producers in Western
States to Advance Sustainable Agricultural Practices

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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11/11/19 12:00 PM (Noon) MST


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Grants of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to USA agricultural producers in multiple western states and Pacific territories to implement sustainable agricultural practices. Funding is intended for projects that incorporate education, outreach, and research, leading to protection of the environment, improved production, and an enhanced quality of life for ranchers and farmers. Eligible states and territories include Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Palau, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Framer Rancher program offers grants for agricultural producers to implement projects that address identified needs in sustainable agriculture. With the support and guidance of the technical advisor, producers will conduct innovative on-site/on-farm experiments to improve production, marketing, and the environment. Outreach may include: On-farm/ranch demonstrations; farmer-to-farmer educational activities and other approaches to assist in the education and producer adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. 

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. 

Program goals are to sustain and improve the environmental quality and natural resource base on which agriculture depends; improve the profitability of farmers/ranchers; and enhance the quality of life for farmers/ranchers, their families, communities, and society as a whole. 

The Administrative Council requires that agricultural producers (farmers/ranchers) be involved from start to finish in the planning, design, implementation and educational outreach of any SARE-funded Research and Education project.

For a definition of Sustainable Agriculture, see the CFP listed in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158702

Estimated Size of Grant:

Farmer/Rancher projects are limited to $20,000 for one producer or to $25,000 for three or more producers.

Term of Contract:

Projects can be funded for up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only producers (farmers or/and ranchers) with a for-profit operation and who have no conflict of interest are eligible to apply.

All proposals must have at least one producer (farmer/rancher), who is the applicant, and a technical advisor. The technical advisor should assist in the development of the on-farm field trial and the outreach components of the project. (For further details about Technical Advisor, see the CFP listed in Supporting Documents below.)

If the proposal involves three or more producers, one producer must be designated as the applicant who will be responsible for both fiscal and project management of the grant. Each producer involved in the project must be associated to an independent and separate operation.

To be considered a producer:

- Your primary occupation is farming or ranching, and you have a farm/ranch TIN; or
- You are a part-time producer with at least $1,000 documented annual income from farming or ranching activities.

Due to special restrictions placed upon the island groups within the land grant administration of the College of Micronesia (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Marshall Islands, and Palau), all Farmer/Rancher grant proposals must be submitted as Professional + Producer grants under the direction of a Principal Investigator from the College of Micronesia. The College of Micronesia (at Pohnpei) will act as their fiscal agent in the disbursement of funds.

Non-profit organizations are not eligible for this grant program.

Farmer/Rancher 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 and buildings/facilities.
- Providing meals during events that are not necessary to maintain the continuity of a scheduled meeting/activity; breakfasts and dinners typically do not qualify.
- Testing of commercial products.
- Indirect Costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant writing webinars are offered for those interested in applying for Farmer/Rancher grants. Please join the webinar about the Western SARE Farmer Rancher program and learn how to prepare and submit a competitive proposal.The webinars will be presented by members of the Western SARE team and will address the following topics:

- What is Western SARE?
- The sections of the proposal: their meaning and expectations
- The on-line platform submission system
- How to write a Western SARE budget
- The proposal review process

The Farmer/Rancher Webinar will take place on Friday, September 27, 2019. 4:00-5:00 pm MDT.

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Pre-Application Information:

Grant Program Schedule:

- November 11, 2019 – Proposals are due by 12:00 p.m. (noon) MST.
- January 2020 – A Technical Review Panel reviews and recommends proposals for funding.
- March 2020 – Western SARE Administrative Council makes final selections.
- April 2020 – Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission.

Contact Information:

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

Submit proposals online at: (Look for programs under “Western” [region])

For questions, contact:

Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
P.O. Box 172840
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)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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