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Professional Development Program (PDP) Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs in Western States
for Sustainable Agricultural Professional Development

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Deadline Date:

11/13/19 12:00 PM MST (Noon) Receipt


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Grants of up to $75,000 to USA research institutions, agencies, and IHEs multiple in western states and Pacific territories for professional development opportunities in the field of sustainable agriculture. Eligible states and territories include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and The Federated States of Micronesia. Projects with a scope beyond a single state or area are encouraged.

Professional Development Program Grants are designed to educate agricultural professionals about sustainable agriculture so that they, in turn, can help educate and train farmers and ranchers. Funded PDP grants must help achieve this long-term outcome:

Cooperative Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service and other agricultural professionals are conversant in sustainable agriculture principles and systems. They have ready access to resources that can help producers make informed decisions about adopting sustainable approaches with greater certainty and less risk.

Projects must improve the ability of agricultural professionals to conduct educational programs and activities in sustainable agriculture principles and systems and to respond to inquiries on the subject from farmers, ranchers and the public.

Approaches can include, among others:

  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Development of materials or curricula
  • Demonstrations
  • Web-based courses
  • Tours

Multi-faceted proposals are encouraged. Projects using multiple techniques or methods are preferred, as are efforts whose results can be applied to wide and diverse audiences. Subject matter can include any sustainable agriculture endeavor, including animal agriculture, agronomic or horticultural crop production, or the effects of sustainable practices on quality of life for producers or rural communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176395

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding is capped at $75,000 per project. Projects requesting significantly less than the maximum allowable amount generally have a greater likelihood of being funded. This is especially true if the geographic scope of the project includes only a single state.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year projects are allowed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposed projects can be located at any institution, including nongovernmental organizations, that has demonstrated fiscal responsibility and expertise in sustainable agriculture, and is able and qualified to receive funds from the U.S. Government.

Multidisciplinary, multi-state, and multi-university efforts that include other private or public entities are encouraged.

Pre-Application Information:

Program Grant Deadlines:

- Deadline for submitting Professional Development Program grant proposals: 12:00 NOON MST November 13, 2019
- Technical Review Panel recommends proposals for grant funding in January 2020.
- Western SARE Administrative Council makes final selections in March 2020. Principal investigators of funded grants are informed by April 1, 2020.
- Funds for selected projects are disbursed summer/fall 2020.

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Contact Information:

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

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For more information about this call for proposals or for hard copies: Contact Jim Freeburn or Jill West, Phone – (307) 532-2436 or e-mail – or You may also contact Al Kurki at (406) 494-8655 or e-mail –

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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)