NCR-SARE Grants for 2017

Research & Education Grant Program Call for Preproposals Word | PDF
Proposals due October 20, 2016 by 4:00 pm CDT
NCR-SARE’s Research and Education (R&E) program supports sustainable agriculture innovators with competitive research and education grants. Individual grants range from $50,000 to $200,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about nine to ten projects in the twelve-state North Central Region.

Partnership Grant Program Call for Proposals Word | PDF
Proposals due October 27, 2016 by 4:00 pm CDT
NCR-SARE’s Partnership Grant program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture.  Individual grants are limited to $30,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about 8 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call. A total of approximately $240,000 is available for this program.

Youth Educator Grant Program Call for Proposals Word | PDF
Proposals due November 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm CST
Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn more about sustainable agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible).  Educators use the grants to encourage young people and their parents to try sustainable practices and see sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Projects should help youth discover that sustainable farming and ranching is profitable; good for families, communities, and their quality of life; and good for the environment long term. The maximum amount for grants is $2,000, and a total of approximately $20,000 is available for this program.

Farmer Rancher Grant Program Call for Proposals Word | PDF
Proposals due December 8, 2016 by 4:00 pm CST
Farmers and ranchers in the North Central region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch.  Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers plan to use their own innovative ideas to explore sustainable agriculture options and how they will share project results. Sustainable agriculture is good for the environment, profitable, and socially responsible. Projects should emphasize research or education/demonstration. There are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($7,500 maximum), team of two grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($15,000 maximum), and group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($22,500 maximum). NCR-SARE expects to fund about 40 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call. A total of approximately $400,000 is available for this program.

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Nebraskans have had success over the years in receiving both Farmer/Rancher Grants and Youth Educator Grants.  If you have questions feel free to contact me at (402) 274-4755.  Please share this information with others you think are interested.

Gary Lesoing
Nebraska State SARE Coordinator
Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Nemaha County
(402) 274-4755