Recent Grant Projects
NCR-SARE's Recent Grant Projects
Click on the links below to access lists of funded project information.
2013 Professional Development Program Projects Recommended for Funding
2013 Research and Education Projects Recommended for Funding
2014 Youth Educator Projects Recommended for Funding
2012 Youth Grant Projects Recommended for Funding (this program was discontinued)
2013 Graduate Student Projects Recommended for Funding
2014 Farmer Rancher Grant Projects Recommended For Funding
Sample Calls for Proposals
These are previous year's calls for proposals and are intended for informational purposes only. You must follow instructions in the current year's call for proposals. The format specified in the call for proposals and forms are a little different each year. Timelines for the grant programs are listed here.
Read a sample Farmer Rancher Program Call for Proposals here.
Read a sample Research and Education Program Call for Preproposals here.
Read a sample Professional Development Program Call for Preproposals here.
Read a sample Graduate Student Program Call for Proposals here.
Read a sample Youth Educator Program Call for Proposals here.
Funding considerations are made based on how well the applicant articulates the nature of the research and education components of their sustainable agriculture grant proposals. NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, the AC includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, and nonprofit organizations.
In addition, regional representatives of the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and NCR agribusinesses, state agencies, and foundations sit at the table to distribute grant money.
Since 1988, the USDA's NCR-SARE program has awarded more than $40 million worth of competitive grants to farmers and ranchers, researchers, educators, public and private institutions, nonprofit groups, and others exploring sustainable agriculture in 12 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.