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Grants to USA Agricultural Professionals Partnering with Farmers in Multiple States for Sustainable Farming Research and Education

Partnership 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: 10/19/23 4:00 PM CDT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to USA agricultural professionals partnering with groups of farmers in multiple states for sustainable farming projects. Funding is intended for educational, research, and demonstration projects. Eligible states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The Partnership Grant program funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. The "partnership" aspect refers to an agriculture professional partnering with three independent farming enterprises, working together to solve a problem.

Examples of appropriate projects include on-farm testing of cropping system strategies or grazing systems, cooperative efforts to develop new marketing approaches, investigations into new approaches to processing and/or adding value to sustainably produced farm products, food sovereignty, and projects that lead to resilient agricultural systems.

Typically, three or more farmers or ranchers are expected to be substantially involved in development and implementation of the project.

NCR-SARE has a strong commitment to diversity. Proposals that involve farmers or ranchers from historically-underserved populations are encouraged. NCR-SARE also encourages projects that address how the work affects quality of life or other social aspects of sustainability.

Eligible use of funds:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Any agriculture/natural resource professional in the North Central region may apply. These professionals could be:
- University educators including extension agents and specialists
- NRCS or Soil and Water Conservation District field staff
- Agricultural consultants (individuals who actively consult with farmers and ranchers as certified crop advisors, soils consultants, ranching consultants, etc.)
- Nonprofit or agency staff assisting farmers and ranchers at the local level

For purposes of this grant program, a farmer or rancher is someone who raises crops or livestock, especially as a business. Each farmer/rancher identified must be an independent and separate operation.

Pre-Proposal Conference
NCR-SARE will host a Zoom meeting about this grant program on September 6, 2023 at 10am Central.


Pre-Application Information
Proposals must be submitted on-line by 4:00 p.m. CDT, October 19, 2023. The system will open for applications August 10, 2023.

Funding decisions on this program will be made by late January 2024, with applicants notified by mid-February 2024. Funds should be available to funded applicants by early April 2024.

View a video of the Partnership Grant Program presentation:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Funding is available for 20 projects this year.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $50,000 total funding request per application is allowed.

Term of Contract
Partnership Grants are for on-farm research, demonstration, and/or educational projects and are funded for up to 24 months.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Beth Nelson, Ph.D.
Regional Coordinator and Director of Research and Education Programs
Phone: 612-626-4436

Rob Myers, Ph.D.
Regional Coordinator and Director of Professional Development (Extension) Programs
Phone: 573-882-1547

120 BAE, University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

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