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Grants to USA Individuals Collaborating with Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies in Multiple States for Projects to Benefit the Agricultural Sector

Community-Track Pilot Project Program


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Funding Source
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH) and the University of Iowa College of Public Health Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
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Geographic Focus
USA: IllinoisIndianaIowaKansasMinnesotaMissouriNebraskaOhioWisconsin

Important Dates
LOI Date: 05/15/23
Deadline: 07/03/23 Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $30,000 to USA individuals collaborating with nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, tribal entities, and community-based organizations in multiple states to enhance health and safety in the agricultural sector. Applicants must submit a concept paper prior to applying. Eligible applicants are located in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio. Projects from outside this region will be considered to the extent that they address agricultural safety and health issues of relevance to agricultural workforces and communities of the upper Midwest. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

The GPCAH is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of farmers, ranchers, farm workers, their families, and agricultural community members in the Midwest and beyond.

The community-track pilot grant program supports projects that address occupational hazards relevant to farmers and farm workers in the 9-state region (IA, IL, IN, KS, NE, MO, MN, OH, & WI). The Center especially encourages projects addressing work-related stress and mental health, the prevention of slips/trips/falls and other traumatic injuries, and chemical safety.

Recent community-track pilot grant topics include respiratory protection training to prevent COVID-19 among agricultural workers, suicide prevention training within Iowa’s agricultural community, and podcasts focusing on mental health and farm stress.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
All persons with an interest in agricultural health or safety and appropriate knowledge, skills, and resources are invited to collaborate with an “eligible institution” to prepare an application. “Eligible institutions” include:
- For-profit, non-profit, and public or private organizations
- Units of local or state government and eligible federal agencies
- Units of local and state-tribal government, and
- Faith- or community-based organizations

Pre-Application Information
Project Concepts must be received by May 15, 2023. Full applications must be received by July 3, 2023.

Applicants will be notified within approximately 60 days of the application due date.

Applicants must first submit a Project Concept, which is a brief Letter of Intent describing their project idea. Applicants may then be invited to submit a full application. Applicants may also be contacted to discuss the Project Concept with GPCAH personnel.

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request up to $30,000.

Term of Contract
The earliest anticipated start date for new community-track pilot projects is October 1, 2023. Applicants may request a project duration of no more than 18 months. Typically, the minimum project duration is 12 months.

Contact Information
Project Concept submissions should be formatted to PDF and emailed to Nate Fethke ( and Jenn Patterson (

Submit questions to Jenn Patterson at the email address listed above.

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