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Professional Development Program (PDP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs in Western States
for Sustainable Agricultural Professional Development

GrantWatch ID#: 176395
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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

11/02/16 12:00 PM MDT

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Grants of up to $75,000 to USA nonprofits, NGOs, IHEs, and other research institutions in western states and Pacific territories for professional development opportunities in the field of sustainable agriculture. Eligible states and territories include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and The Federated States of Micronesia.

Projects must improve the ability of agricultural professionals to conduct educational programs and activities in sustainable agriculture principles and systems and to respond to inquiries on the subject from farmers, ranchers, and the public.

Approaches can include:
-Development of materials or curricula
-Web-based courses

Congress mandates that the SARE grant program depart from “business as usual.” To that end, the Administrative Council requires that agricultural producers be involved from start to finish in the planning, design, implementation and educational outreach of any SARE-funded project.
PDP projects should:

-Increase agricultural professionals’ sustainable agriculture knowledge, skills, and action.
-Have outreach plans that demonstrate how the project will effectively deliver this knowledge.

Congress has defined sustainable agriculture as an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long-term:

-Satisfy human food and fiber needs
-Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends on
-Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls
-Sustain the economic viability of farm operations
-Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

Projects with a scope beyond a single state or area are encouraged. Funding is capped at $75,000 per project. Projects requesting significantly less than the maximum allowable amount generally have a greater likelihood of being funded. This is especially true if the geographic scope of the project includes only a single state.

Up to $75,000 per project.

Multi-year projects are allowed.

Grant contracts can be made to universities, colleges, nonprofits, NGOs, and other research or education institutions.

Applications are due by 12:00 PM MDT on November 2, 2016.

Western SARE Administrative Council makes final selections in March 2017. Principal investigators of funded grants are informed by April 1, 2017.

Funds for selected projects disbursed summer/fall 2017.

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

Jim Freeburn

Al Kurki

Jill West

Western SARE
4516 Highway 26/85
Torrington, WY 82240

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USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Montana;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   Oregon;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)

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