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Grants to USA Educators in Multiple States to Promote Youth Engagement in Agriculture

Youth Educator Grant Program


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Funding Source
North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE)
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Geographic Focus
USA: IllinoisIndianaIowaKansasMichiganMinnesotaMissouriNebraskaNorth DakotaOhioSouth DakotaWisconsin

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/09/23 4:00 PM CT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $6,000 to USA educators in multiple states to teach youth about agriculture. Consideration will be given to projects that inspire youth to engage with sustainable practices and view sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Proposals that involve farmers or ranchers or youth from historically underserved populations are encouraged. The 12 states of North Central Region-SARE include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

NCR-SARE recognizes that youth programs are a way to introduce new and exciting farming and ranching options to youth, families, and community members. The Youth Educator program provides opportunities for youth to learn about Sustainable Agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible). Youth Educator grants support projects by youth educators encouraging youth to try sustainable practices and explore sustainable agriculture as a viable career option.

Youth Educator Grants are competitive grants for educators to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth. 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.

Successful proposals:

  1. Clearly explain how youth will learn about sustainable agriculture. Proposals are specific about which sustainable agriculture concepts, practices, and career options will be taught and how.
  2. Involve farmers and ranchers in planning the project and teaching and explain their involvement.
  3. Emphasize collaboration with others who can assist with outreach, project planning, implementation, and evaluation. Cooperators may include educators, farmers, ranchers, parents, students, and staff from Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), non-profit groups, and others.
  4. Share project results with other educators through field days, presentations, posters, publications, social media, videos, websites, workshops, and more.

For sample project ideas, see the following link:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility: A Youth Educator is someone who teaches youth about sustainable agriculture; this may include professional educators (4-H, FFA, Extension, grade school, high school, community college, college, university), farmers/ranchers, home-schoolers, other youth, educators from nonprofit organizations, etc.

Proposals that involve farmers, ranchers, and youth from historically-underserved populations are encouraged. USDA defines historically-underserved audiences to include socially-disadvantaged producers, limited-resource producers, beginning farmers/ranchers, and veterans. They further define socially-disadvantaged farmers and ranchers as belonging to the following groups: American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and women.

Unallowable Expenses: Grant funds cannot be used for planning, construction, repair, or remodeling of buildings or to buy motorized vehicles. These items may be leased or rented with grant funds if they are needed for the project. Grant funds cannot be used for permanent installations (e.g., wells or buried irrigation lines.)

Pre-Proposal Conference
NCR-SARE will host a Zoom meeting about this grant program.

Date & Time: Oct 6, 2023 4:00 PM

Registration Link:

Pre-Application Information
Proposals are due on November 9, 2023 by 4pm Central Time.

- Mid August: Call for Proposals Released
- Early November: Proposals Due
- February: Funding Decisions
- Spring: Funds Available to Recipient

A unique aspect of NCR-SARE is personal contact with grantees involved in the program. The Youth Educator Grant Program has a program liaison, Joan Benjamin, who can answer your questions about the program.

Funds will be disbursed as follows: Grant recipients receive 75% of the grant to start their project. They receive the remaining 25% upon completion of the project and receipt and approval of the final report.

Grant writing webinar recording:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Educators can request up to $6,000 for youth education projects.

Term of Contract
If funded, you have up to 23 months to complete your project.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you are unable to use the online system, email: or mail proposals to:
NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant Program
University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Ave
St Paul MN 55108

For questions about the Youth Educator Grant Program, the selection process, or project ideas, contact: Joan Benjamin, Associate Regional Coordinator at: 573-681-5545 or

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