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Grants to USA Agricultural Professionals in Multiple
States for Farm-Based Sustainability Research

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Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE)

Deadline Date:

12/04/20 12:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA agricultural professionals who work with farmers and ranchers in multiple states and territories for farm-based research and marketing projects addressing sustainable agriculture. Grants emphasize building relationships between the farmer and the researcher and help support farmers in their efforts to conduct new and innovative sustainable agriculture production and marketing practices. Funding is intended for projects that take place in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands. Projects must be conducted on farms.

For a definition of the term "sustainable agriculture", see page 2 in the Call for Proposals in Supporting Documents below.

Applicants should submit proposed projects in one of the following focus areas:

  1. Beneficial Insect Habitat: Developing cover crops or other plant mixes and locations that provide habitat (refuges) that keep populations of native beneficial insects living on the farm ready to attack crop pests as they occur.
  2. Alternate Crops/Animals: Developing alternative crops, animals, or products that help a producer’s operation become more economically sustainable. These projects must be at least as environmentally sustainable as the existing crops, animals, and products they supplement or replace.
  3. Organic Agriculture: Projects that address the production, distribution, marketing, and consumption of organic farm products.  This includes farmers adding value to organic products. Research into farming systems and practices that make use of on-farm biological cycles for soil, plant and pest management are accepted.
  4. Sustainable Marketing Projects: Developing markets for existing or alternative crops, animals, or products.
  5. Sustainable Grazing Systems: Use of native grass species and/or plant or animal management systems to make grazing systems more sustainable.
  6. Soil Organic Matter Building/Protection/Management: Projects that increase the sustainability of farming systems by developing soil organic matter and soil biota.
  7. Increasing Sustainability of Existing Farming Practices: Any practice or system that increases the sustainability of an existing farming practice. The results should be able to be used by other farmers.
  8. Appropriate Technology: Projects that develop a device or piece of machinery that promotes sustainable agriculture and can’t be purchased off the shelf. The device or machinery must have application for farmers/ranchers, be able to be built by them, and enable them to operate more sustainably.
  9. Agroforestry: Projects that demonstrate and quantify the feasibility of establishing agroforestry in the region. 

Grant Requirements:

  • The proposed project focuses on sustainable agriculture practices and techniques to address a particular on-farm issue.
  • Applicants must work directly with farmers/ranchers in their profession.
  • Applicants must identify at least one farmer/rancher cooperator in the proposed project, and the work must be conducted on farm (either on the cooperator’s farm, or on a research farm with the cooperator’s involvement).
  • The proposed project satisfies the requirements of allowable expenses.
  • An outreach component is identified in the proposal.

For information about allowable expenses, see the URL for Full Text link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162412

Estimated Size of Grant:

On-Farm Research Grant project maximums are $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Project duration is two (2) years. The ending date will be 03/31/2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Agricultural professionals who currently and regularly work with farmers and ranchers are eligible to apply for On-Farm Research Grants. These can be extension specialists; university researchers; government agencies, such as NRCS; NGOs; community organizations; or other groups or individuals.

An applicant may only submit one proposal per grant cycle.

Farmers and ranchers are not eligible to apply for On-Farm Research Grants.

On-Farm Research Grant funds cannot be used for the following purposes:

- Starting a farm, NGO, business, or other community organization, or expanding an existing farm, NGO, business, or other community organization. Providing any kind financial support relative to the operation of the farm, NGO, business of community organization.
- Providing support of any kind for capital expenses or permanent farm improvements, including purchasing equipment; purchasing permanent greenhouses, high tunnels, or other buildings; purchasing permanent irrigation; purchasing permanent fencing; planting an orchard; purchasing bee hives; or purchasing crops or crop seed for use beyond the research plots and timetable of the project. Generally, any item that has permanent use beyond the life of the grant project is not allowed.
- Breakfasts, lunches, or other full meals for the project’s outreach plan, or educational/resource event or program.
- Testing of commercial products. Products must be explored in broad generalizations.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposal submission deadline: Dec. 4, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST

On-Farm Research Grants Schedule
- September: On-Farm Research Grant Calls for Proposals are released.
- December: On-Farm Research Grants are due.
- March: On-Farm Research Grants are awarded.

Application procedures:

Contact Information:

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

Online submission link:

Questions should be directed to the grant manager, Candace Pollock-Moore at or call 770-412-4786.

Southern Region SARE
1109 Experiment Street
Stuckey Building
University of Georgia-Griffin campus
Griffin, GA 30223

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Arkansas;   Florida;   Georgia;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   North Carolina;   Oklahoma;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Virginia

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)

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