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Youth Educator Grant Program

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

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE)

Deadline Date:

11/12/20 4:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants of up to $4,000 to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin educators to teach youth about agriculture. Consideration will be given to projects that inspire youth and their parents to engage with sustainable practices and view sustainable agriculture as a viable career option.

NCR-SARE recognizes that youth programs are a way to introduce new and exciting farming and ranching options to youth, parents, and community members. The Youth Educator program provides opportunities for youth to learn about Sustainable Agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible). 

Successful proposals:

  1. Clearly explain how youth will learn about sustainable agriculture concepts, practices, and careers. Proposals are specific and let reviewers know 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 as well as project planning, implementation, and evaluation. Cooperators may include educators, farmers, ranchers, parents, students, and staff from Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), local or state nonprofit 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 page 4 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163676

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$60,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Educators can request up to $4,000 for youth education projects.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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, educators, 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The online submission system will open in August 2020. Proposals must be received online or in the NCR-SARE office by mail or email by 4:00 PM CST, Thursday, November 12, 2020. Awards will be announced by the end of February 2020.

Youth Educator
Mid-August: Call for Proposals Released
Mid-November: Proposals Due
February: Funding Decisions
Spring: Funds Available to Recipients

Timelines: https://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Timelines

Watch a presentation about the program: https://umconnect.umn.edu/yed/

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://projects.sare.org/

If you are unable to use the online system, email ncrsare@umn.edu.

Or mail proposals to:
NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant Program
University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Ave
St Paul MN 55108

For questions about how to submit your proposal, contact:
Jean Andreasen, Executive Administrative Specialist
612-626-3113
ncrsare@umn.edu

For questions about the Youth Educator Grant Program, the selection process, or project ideas, call or e-mail:
Joan Benjamin, Associate Regional Coordinator
573-681-5545
BenjaminJ@lincolnu.edu

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Missouri;   Nebraska;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   South Dakota;   Wisconsin

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