Farmer Rancher Grant Program

Grants to USA Agricultural Producers in Multiple
States for Sustainable Farming and Livestock Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 163677
Agency Type:


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

12/08/16 4:00 PM CST

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Grants of up to $22,500 to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers to implement sustainable agricultural projects that will improve their livelihood. Past projects have involved pest and disease management, crop and livestock production, education and outreach, networking, quality of life issues, marketing, soil quality, energy, and more.

Agricultural practices may include but are not limited to:

-Value-Added and Direct Marketing
-Wildlife Preservation
-Beneficial Insects
-Poultry and Small-Scale Livestock Production Holistic/Systems Approaches to Farming & Ranching
-Organic Agriculture
-Proactive Weed Control
-Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
-Rotational Grazing (e.g. Management-intensive Grazing and Mob Grazing)
-Soil Erosion Control
-Soil Quality Improvement
-Water Quality Improvement/Wetlands
-Cover Crops
-Crop/Landscape Diversity
-Nutrient Management


About 40 projects are funded each year.

-Individual: Up to $7,500
-Teams of Two: Up to $15,000
-Group: Up to $22,500

The maximum duration for grant projects is 23 months. The project end date is January 31, 2019.

Any farmer/rancher or group of farmers/ranchers who farm or operate a ranch in the North Central region may apply. A farmer/rancher is someone who raises crops or livestock, especially as a business.

The North Central region consists of 12 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Farmers and ranchers submitting grant proposals may be just beginning the transition to a more sustainable operation or may already be using sustainable practices and want to implement additional changes. Grants to applicants under 21 will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

To qualify for a Team of Two project, there must be two farmer/ rancher participants from separate and distinct operations. To qualify for a Group project, there must be at least three farmer/rancher participants from separate and distinct operations. If your situation is unique, please explain or contact NCR-SARE to discuss your options.

Teams and Groups must designate a farmer/rancher project coordinator who will submit and sign the proposal, be responsible for reporting, and assume tax liability associated with the grant, if there is any.

Previous farmer/rancher grant recipients are eligible to apply if reports from previous grant projects are up to date. Proposals from previous grant recipients will be evaluated on a competitive basis with all other proposals.

Before writing a grant proposal, determine a clear project goal and explore previous research. It often helps to contact NCR-SARE, local agriculture groups, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and/or Extension educators to share ideas and invite participation.

Application forms and resources may be found here::

The online submission system will open on August 15, 2016. Proposals are due by 4:00 PM CST, Thursday, December 8, 2016.

If you are unable to use the online system you may submit a proposal by mail or e-mail. Proposals sent by Fax will NOT be accepted. Mail and e-mail submissions must be received by 4:00 PM CST on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

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

Apply Online:

Joan Benjamin, Program Coordinator
Phone: 573-681-5545
Toll-Free: 800-529-1342

Lincoln University in Missouri
Lorenzo J. Greene Hall
900 Leslie Blvd, Room 101
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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