sare farmer rancher grant writing workshop
Download
Skip this Video
Download Presentation
SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Writing Workshop

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 35

SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Writing Workshop PowerPoint ... - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 528 Views
  • Uploaded on

SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Writing Workshop. Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant University of Illinois Extension Small Farm and Sustainable Agriculture Extension Specialist SARE Coordinator. What is SARE? . S ustainable A griculture R esearch and E ducation SARE first funded in 1988

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Writing Workshop PowerPoint ...' - KeelyKia


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
sare farmer rancher grant writing workshop

SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Writing Workshop

Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant

University of Illinois Extension

Small Farm and Sustainable

Agriculture Extension Specialist

SARE Coordinator

what is sare
What is SARE?
  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
  • SARE first funded in 1988
  • Competitive grants program
  • Funding for research, demonstration, education and extension
sare s mission
SARE’s Mission
  • Strengthen rural communities, increase farmer/rancher profitability, and improve the environment by supporting research and education.
sare s purpose
SARE’s Purpose
  • To generate and disseminate sound and practical information about alternative farming systems believed to have the potential to increase the sustainability of agriculture.
sustainable agriculture is
Sustainable Agriculture is…
  • an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term:
    • satisfy human food and fiber needs;
    • enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends;
    • make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
    • sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
    • enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

(Title XVI, Subtitle A. Section 1603

sare grant programs
SARE Grant Programs
  • Research and Education Grant Program
  • Professional Development Program
  • Graduate Student Program
  • Farmer Rancher Grant Program
ncr sare farmer rancher grant program
NCR SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Program
  • NOT for everyday farming expenses
  • Identify specific problems and potential solutions
  • Maximum duration for grant projects is 21 months
  • Whole farm systems and youth projects are encouraged
  • Livestock project must comply with reasonable care requirements
ncr sare farmer rancher grant call for proposals
NCR SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals
  • What?
  • Who?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Characteristics of Successful Applications
  • How to Submit a Grant Proposal
  • Application Evaluation
  • Application Requirements
slide13
What
  • Proposals must:
    • Test a sustainable agriculture technique that is new to the farm
    • Educate/demonstrate to others a sustainable agriculture technique that could be used more widely in the area
      • Conduct learning circles, educational events, field days or demonstrations to further disseminate information
      • Develop new technologies
      • Create or modify equipment
slide14
What
  • NOT for everyday farming expenses
  • Identify specific problems and potential solutions
  • Whole farm systems and youth projects are encouraged
  • Livestock project must comply with reasonable care requirements
slide15
What
  • Since 1992, 686 grants have been awarded
      • 43 in Illinois and 30 in Indiana
      • Topics include rotational grazing, aquaculture, weed control, marketing and crop production systems
slide16
What
  • $400,000 available in 2008
    • $6,000 for individuals
    • $18,000 for groups (3 or more independent and separate operations)
  • Duration
    • Maximum duration is 21 months
slide17
Who
  • Any farmer/rancher or group of farmer/ranchers* who farms in the North Central Region
  • Previous producer grant recipients

* Three or more independent and separate operations. Must designate one individual farmer/rancher as group leader.

where
Where
  • The North Central Region consists of 12 states:
    • Illinois -Missouri
    • Indiana -Nebraska
    • Iowa -North Dakota
    • Kansas -Ohio
    • Michigan -South Dakota
    • Minnesota -Wisconsin

Farmers and ranchers from other states are eligible to apply if their proposed projects benefit the NCR at least as much as they benefit other regions.

slide19
When
  • 2008 Grant Cycle
  • August 20, 2008 Farmer/Rancher grant applications available
  • December 1, 2008 Deadline for receiving Farmer/Rancher Grant applications
  • Spring, 2009 Administrative Council recommends Farmer/Rancher grantrecipients
  • Spring, 2009 Budgets are reviewed by University accountants for compliance with USDA guidelines and grant contracts are sent out
  • Early summer Approximate date of first payment (50%)
  • March 1, 2010 Progress report due (2nd grant payment – 35%)
  • March 1, 2011 Deadline for submitting final report (eligible for final payment (15%) when final report is approved)
characteristics of successful applications
Characteristics of Successful Applications
  • Clearly define a problem
  • Involve cooperators
  • Belong to local or state groups
  • Outreach components
application evaluation
Application Evaluation
  • Review Criteria and Evaluation Process
    • Well-identified problem and specific innovative plan to test possible solutions to that problem
    • Best use of existing knowledge on the identified problem
    • Effective plan for sharing project information
    • Contribution to the growth of sustainable agriculture
    • Appropriateness of the budget
how to submit a grant proposal
How to Submit a Grant Proposal
  • Applications must be received by mail or e-mail in the NCR SARE office by 4:30 p.m. (CST) on Monday, December 1, 2008. Faxed applications will not be reviewed.
application evaluation23
Application Evaluation
  • What to Expect
    • Return signed contract to NCR-SARE
    • May receive a visit from the Farmer Rancher Grant Program Coordinator
    • For projects that last for more than one year, must submit a progress report by March 1, 2010
application evaluation24
Application Evaluation
  • What to Expect
    • At the end of the project, must submit:
      • Final report summarizing the project
      • Final budget that shows how funds were spent
      • Photos, when possible
application evaluation25
Application Evaluation
  • What to Expect
    • Funds will be disbursed in the following manner:
    • Grant recipients may request and receive 50% of the grant to start their project. They may request an additional 35% after submitting a satisfactory progress report at the end of the first year of their project, and they may request the remaining 15% upon completion of the project
application requirements
Application Requirements
  • Project Proposal
    • Proposals are limited to 5 pages, single-sided, excluding the budget. Proposals exceeding page limits will not be reviewed
    • Applications must be typed using no smaller than a 12-point font, similar to the text in the invitation for proposals, or legibly written in dark ink
    • Do not staple or paper clip your application
application requirements27
Application Requirements
  • Budget
    • Complete the budget form included in the RFP. Along with each item, briefly explain how each item in your budget will be used in your project
application requirements28
Application Requirements
  • Budget Tips
    • Personnel Costs
      • Include name, contact information and role for each participant
      • Include everyone who will participate, even if they are not receiving funds
      • Matching funds are not required, but reviewers like to know if you and/or others are making contributions
application requirements29
Application Requirements
  • 50% Rule
    • Grant funds can be used to pay for up to 50% of the cost of equipment, permanent fencing materials, and perennial seeds and plants
application requirements30
Application Requirements
  • Calculating Costs
    • Use realistic costs – not guesses.
    • Labor, land and equipment, and supplies – calculate on an annual cost-equivalent basis, i.e., operator labor per year @ $15/hour
application requirements31
Application Requirements
  • Unallowable Expenses
    • Construction and remodeling of buildings
    • Purchase of livestock
    • Purchase of motorized vehicles (may be leased)
application requirements32
Application Requirements
  • Food Expenses
    • Light refreshments at field days (coffee, cold drinks, fruit, pie, cookies, etc.) can be paid with grant funds, but typically meals cannot
application requirements33
Application Requirements
  • Investigate Cost-Sharing
    • Contact state and federal agencies to see if they have funds that may be used to supplement your grant
application requirements34
Application Requirements
  • Reference Letter
    • Required (no more than two)
    • Explain why the project is needed and how it will benefit the community
    • Contact references early and make sure that they are familiar with your project
for assistance sare pdp coordinators
For AssistanceSARE PDP Coordinators
ad