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Youth Educator Grant Program

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

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

Deadline Date:

11/14/19 4:00 PM CST


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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 sustainable agriculture. Consideration will be given to projects that encourage youth and their parents to engage with sustainable practices and view sustainable agriculture as a viable career option.

Successful proposals:

  1. Clearly explain how youth will learn about sustainable agriculture practices and careers. Proposals are specific and let reviewers know which sustainable agriculture practices and career options will be taught and how.
  2. Involve farmers and ranchers in planning the project and teaching.
  3. Emphasize collaboration with others who can assist with outreach as well as project planning, implementation, and evaluation. Cooperators may include other educators, farmers, ranchers, parents, students, Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service, staff of local or state nonprofit groups, etc. 
  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

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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.

Pre-Application Information:

The online submission system will open on August 8, 2019. Proposals must be received online or in the NCR-SARE office by mail or email by 4:00 p.m. CST, Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Awards will be announced by the end of February 2020.

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


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Contact Information:

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

Submit proposals 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 how to submit your proposal, contact:

Jean Andreasen, Executive Administrative Specialist

For questions about the Youth Educator Grant Program, the selection process, or project ideas, call or e-mail
Joan Benjamin, Associate Regional Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

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