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Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program (SPMGP)

Grants to USA Sheep Industries, Nonprofits, For-Profits,
and Tribal Agencies to Strengthen the Sheep Industry

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 Receipt


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Grants to USA sheep industries, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and tribal agencies for projects to improve marketing in the domestic sheep industry. Funding is intended for supplies, labor, equipment rental, and worker wages for projects that will improve infrastructure, and business and resource development.

The primary objective of the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program (SPMGP) is to fund a number of projects determined by industry leaders to be priorities for benefiting the sheep industry. That list is: 

  • Strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States by improving infrastructure, developing resources, and developing innovative approaches to solve long term problems.
  • Provide leadership training and education to industry stakeholders.
  • Assist all segments of the industry in addressing sustainable production and marketing of sheep and sheep products.
  • Promote marketing of sheep and sheep products through an organized method that can measure tangible results.
  • Enhance the sheep industry by coordinating information exchange and seeking mutual understanding and marketing within the industry community.

Funds may be used for the following purposes:

  • Supplies, including software.
  • Labor (this includes wages or salary and benefits, other than tuition, for students or other individuals working on the project).
  • Special reference books not readily available.
  • Farm equipment rental or operating charges.
  • Travel and per diem necessary for the project.
  • Payments for project participants (especially farmers and ranchers) who aren’t drawing salaries or wages from an employer while they’re working on your project.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186055

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no dollar amount limit however; the average grant has been approximately $29,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects will have approximately eighteen months to be completed. However, if there are circumstances that warrant a longer time period, you may request a no cost extension.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible entity means any entity that promotes the betterment of the U.S. sheep industries including LLC's, partnerships, corporations, cooperative organizations, associations, a federally recognized Indian Tribe and public or quasi-public agencies. The entity may be operated as a for-profit or a not-for-profit entity and must provide an EIN (Employer Identification Number). The NSIIC does not require a Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number. Applicant must have credentials demonstrating expertise in project content.

Applications submitted by an individual are not allowed.

Funds may not be used for the following purposes:
- Payment of tuition.
- Purchase of books used in the student’s courses.
- Printing or copying of a thesis or final project paper.
- Permanent capital improvements (e.g., land, buildings, etc.).
- Purchase of motorized vehicles.
- Equipment that will outlast the project is generally not allowed in this grant program. Equipment rental is allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

Contact Information:

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

For more information about applying, or to submit an application, contact Program Manager Steve Lee at (207) 236-6567 or, or send mail to:

National Sheep Industry Improvement Center
1578 Spring Water Way
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

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