North Central Region SARE administers several grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences and timelines. The focus for all of NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education. Funding considerations are based on how well the applicant presents the problem being addressed, its relevance to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state North Central region, and how well it aligns with NCR-SARE’s goals. NCR-SARE’s grant program Review Committees review proposals and make recommendations to the Administrative Council.
- Farmer Rancher: NCR-SARE’s Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects. Farmer Rancher grants have funded a variety of topics including pest/disease management, crop and livestock production, education/outreach, networking, quality of life issues, marketing, soil quality, energy, and more. Farmer Rancher awards are between $9,000 and $27,000 for up to 24-months. The applications are open in August and due in December each year.
- Research and Education (R&E): A competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems.
Research and Education projects include a strong outreach component and significant farmer/rancher or other end user involvement from inception of the idea through implementation of the project. R&E awards range from $10,000 to $250,000 and may last up to 36 months. Pre-proposal applications open up in August and are due in October. Winning pre-proposal submissions are invited to submit a full proposal, which is due in April of the following year.
- Partnership: This program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. Awards are made for up to $40,000 and last for up to 24 months. Applications open in August and are due in October.