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Professional Development Program (PDP) Grant

Grants to USA Educators at Nonprofits and Agencies in
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North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE)

Deadline Date:

04/02/20 4:00 PM CDT


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Grants of up to $90,000 to USA educators representing nonprofit groups, conservation agencies, and extension agencies in eligible states for professional education in agriculture. Eligible programs must be located in one of the following states: Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Proposals must be targeted to educators within the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), other governmental agencies, and/or educators and other relevant personnel in the non-profit and for-profit sectors serving farmers and ranchers. Involvement of educators from more than one state is appropriate but not required.

The overall desired outcome of NCR-SARE PDP is to have educators (extension, NRCS, NGO, agency staff and other agricultural educators) who are knowledgeable in the general concepts of sustainable agriculture, and who work in partnership with farmers, ranchers, and others on developing programs and activities that enhance the sustainability of communities and the food and agricultural system.

The North Central PDP utilizes an outcome-based approach for funding its educational programs. Each project funded by SARE PDP is asked to identify short, intermediate, and long-term expected outcomes directly associated with their professional development project. In the short-term, PDP projects should result in an increase in the awareness, knowledge and motivation of educators in the area of sustainable agriculture. In the intermediate term, these changes in knowledge and skills should result in changes in the behavior of educators, which includes educators developing and implementing formal and informal educational programs to assist farmers, ranchers, and others in shifting to sustainable agriculture systems. In the long-term, these changes should result in programs and activities that enhance the sustainability of agriculture and food systems (including rural community sustainability). 

For more program information, see pages 2-3 in the Call for Proposals document in Supporting Documents below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 185267

Number of Grants:

Approximately 10 projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects are capped at $90,000 in total funding.

Term of Contract:

Projects can be for up to 36 months in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants are educators who often represent, but are not limited to, Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and non-profit groups.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted on line by 4:00 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 2nd, 2020.

General timeline:

February - Call for Proposals Released
Early April - Proposals Due
August - Funding Decisions
October - Funds Available to Recipient

Submission deadlines for NCR-SARE's Professional Development Program (PDP) and Graduate Student Program grants are unchanged as of 3/16/2020. However, in light of COVID-19 complications for grants office staffing and other considerations, there is an allowable grace period of up to one week on submission of proposals. Contact the grant program coordinators (Rob Myers for PDP, Beth Nelson for Graduate Student) if circumstances are preventing you from submitting your proposal by the published deadline.

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to contact SARE’s State Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator(s) in the state(s) where activities are being proposed.

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NCR-SARE Main Office
120 BAE, University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-626-3113
Fax: 612-626-3132
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