The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) currently has open application windows for four grant programs:
- the Research and Education Grant Program, due on October 5, 2023
- the Partnership Grant Program due on October 19, 2023
- the Youth Educator Grant Program due on November 9, 2023, and
- the Farmer Rancher Grant Program due on December 7, 2023.
Every grant program is tailored to cater to distinct groups and adheres to varying prerequisites. However, the overarching purpose of these grants remains consistent – to bolster research and/or education initiatives that propel the ecological, financial, and societal sustainability of agriculture within the Midwest region.
Farmer-Rancher Grants are the most relevant grants for farmers. Individual farms can apply for up to $15,000 to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm. Groups of two or more farms can apply for up to $30,000 for a joint project. Eight Farmer-Rancher projects were funded in Wisconsin in 2023, including the development of a combine to harvest American or hybrid hazelnuts, the evaluation of an alfalfa-corn silage intercropping system for ruminant forage, and an Anishinaabe food sovereignty project to restore traditional varieties of corn, beans, squash, potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, heritage turkeys, and indigenous fertilization strategies. Farmer-Rancher grants can address marketing and farm planning challenges as well as production questions.
Research and Education Grants
Research and Education grants are typically awarded to university researchers or non-governmental organizations for major research or education projects. While they offer up to $250,000 per grant, they are the most difficult SARE grants to get. Partnership grants offer up to $50,000 for research or education collaborations between organizations and three or more farms. And Youth Educator grants offer up to $6,000 for projects to develop sustainable agriculture education for youth from elementary school through high school. NCR-SARE also has two other grant programs for which the application window is in late winter – a Graduate Student Grant and a Professional Development Grant. See https://northcentral.sare.org for more information on all of these grant programs.