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2017 Walker River Producer Grant

Grants to Nevada Farms and Ranches to Strengthen
Local Agriculture and to Improve Water Efficiency

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute

Deadline Date:

11/30/17 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 to Nevada commercial farms and ranches to strengthen local agriculture and improve water efficiency in the Mason or Smith Valleys. The purpose of this program is to support local agriculture through demonstration projects, community involvement, and partnerships.

This project works on a regional level to develop water-efficient, signature Nevada crops; provide training and support to producers; develop reliable wholesale and retail markets and distribution networks; and to promote and increase awareness of Nevada agriculture and its economic and health benefits.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to the following: research, promotion, sales, distribution, marketing, trade enhancement, farm diversification, agritourism, product development, and farm collaboratives.

To help achieve these goals in the Walker River basin, a competitive grant process will award funds for producer projects that enhance the goals of the main project.

Applicants must agree to share project results with the funder and to allow project information to be made available to the public.

Consultations and mentoring from industry experts may be available free of charge to applicants and award recipients. These free services can be requested in the proposal. Funds for consulting should not be included in the proposal unless from a specific consultant that is integral to the project.

Additional points will be awarded to the following projects during consideration of grant proposals:
-Project has multiple collaborators or partners.
-Project significantly improves water efficiency or reduces water use.
-Project has applicability to other producers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181885

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects of $1,000 - $7,500 will be accepted and reviewed for selection.

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed within 18 months of award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be commercial farms or ranches within the Mason and Smith Valleys of Nevada. For purposes of this grant, a commercial farm or ranch is defined as “any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold and a Schedule F or appropriate business tax return was filed for the past two years.”

Project must take place within the Mason or Smith Valleys of Nevada.

Applications will NOT be accepted for any of the following:

-Any request for reimbursement of expenses for activities completed prior to submission and approval of the application.
-Grant funds may NOT support political activities including lobbying activities (See the provisions of: the Hatch Act (5 U.S.C. 1501-1508 and 7321-7326) and 31 U.S.C. 1352 regarding lobbying activities).
-Requests to pay for essential government services normally paid for with general taxpayer funds, such as research equipment or faculty salaries.
-Requests that seek to replace operational funding for ongoing projects that have suffered losses of state or federal funding, or to supplant other local, state or federal funding.
-Any request for reimbursement of travel expenses exceeding the allowable limits set forth at
-Any project that benefits a single operator or industry and does NOT advance the overall goals of Walker River Agricultural Economic Diversification Project.
-Indirect expenses are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis and upon submission of a payment request with supporting documentation.

A 25 percent match of funds is required. This can be in personnel, labor, equipment, supplies, travel, and other expenses presented on behalf of the sub grantee.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Awards will be made quarterly. Application must be received by 5:00 PM of date below to be considered within that quarter.

-1st quarter - February 28: Awards announced by March 31
-2nd quarter - May 31: Awards announced by June 30
-3rd quarter - August 31: Awards announced by September 30
-4th quarter - November 30: Awards announced by December 30

Contact Information:

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

Ann Louhela, Project Director
775-423-7565, Ext. 2260

WNC Specialty Crop Institute
ATTN: Ann Louhela
160 Campus Way
Fallon, NV 89406

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nevada: Mason or Smith Valleys