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Research to Grass Roots Grants (R2GR)

Grants to USA Agencies, Producers, and NGOs in Eligible
Western States to Educate Farmers about Sustainable Agriculture

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Deadline Date:

11/20/19 12:00 PM Noon MST


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Grants of up to $75,000 to USA agencies, producers, and nonprofit organizations in multiple western states and Pacific territories to educate farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural professionals about the principles of sustainable agriculture. Eligible states and territories include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and The Federated States of Micronesia.

Criteria for 2020 Research to Grass Roots Program Grants

Research to Grass Roots Grants are designed to educate agricultural professionals and producers about critical issues in sustainable agriculture. Projects must be based upon related and previously completed research by the SARE program. The database of funded projects can be found at

Projects must improve the ability of agricultural professionals, farmers, and ranchers to put in place systems or methods that will enhance the sustainability of agriculture.

  • Approaches may include, among others:
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Development of materials or curricula
  • Demonstrations
  • Web-based courses, educational activities, and materials (podcasts, videos, self-thought lessons, etc.)
  • Tours

Multi-faceted proposals are encouraged. Projects using multiple techniques or methods are preferred, as are efforts whose results can be applied to diverse audiences.

Subject matter can include any sustainable agriculture endeavor, including animal agriculture, agronomic or horticultural crop production, or the effects of sustainable practices on quality of life for producers or rural communities as well as the economic impacts of agricultural practices or changes in practices. Each R2GR project must be based upon previously completed SARE research.

A list of high priorities identified includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ag resiliency and climate change
  • Cover crops and soil health
  • Local food systems
  • Grazing and range issues
  • Integrated crop-livestock operations
  • System and enterprise diversification
  • Water for agriculture
  • Invasive species and integrated pest management
  • The human element of agriculture including families and communities
  • Enhancing the profitability of agriculture

Strong teamwork is critical to the success of these grant applications and selected proposals. Teams should include broad-based and diverse representation. Team members should preferably include farmers, ranchers, NGO representatives, agency personnel, land grant employees and any other relevant contributors.

For a list of Program Goals for Western SARE Projects, see page 5 of the Call for Proposals in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184778

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding is capped at $75,000 for each Research to Grass Roots project. Projects requesting significantly less than the maximum allowable amount generally have a greater likelihood of being funded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each R2GR proposal must include a team made up of producers, ag professionals, and possibly researchers. Representatives from land grants, NGO’s, agency employees or producers may lead the project. The team must have a structured plan indicating activities such as meetings, trainings, outreach, and/or demonstrations. The role of each team member should be well explained in the proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Research to Grass Roots Grant Information:

- Deadline for submitting Professional Development Program grant proposals: 12:00 NOON MST, November 20, 2019
- Technical Review Panel selects proposals for grant funding in January 2020.
- Western SARE Administrative Council makes final selections in March 2020.
- Principal investigators of funded grants are informed by April 1, 2020.
- Funds for selected projects disbursed summer/fall 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All proposals are submitted online at:

Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
P.O. Box 172840
Bozeman MT 59717
(406) 994-4789

For more information about this call for proposals or for hard copies: Contact Jim Freeburn or Jill West at (307) 532-2436 or e-mail – . You may also contact Al Kurki at (406) 494-8655 or e-mail –

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Montana;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   Oregon;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)