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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits,
IHEs, and Agencies to Promote Conservation Activities Among Farmers

Achieving Conservation through Targeting Information, Outreach and Networking (ACTION) Program

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Funding Source:

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Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and Walton Family Foundation

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

01/04/23 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and for-profit organizations, IHEs, and government research agencies for initiatives that promote conservation activities among farmers. Applicants must submit a pre-application before submitting a full grant application. Funding is intended to develop more effective outreach strategies to increase farmer willingness to adopt targeted conservation practices, increase capacity to implement targeted conservation practices, and generate guidance to advance data-driven decision tools.

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the Walton Family Foundation are awarding funds for projects that increase farmer and landowner adoption of conservation practices and provide a range of ecosystem benefits including water quality improvements, particularly those identified in the Edge of Field Roadmap. Projects that commit to testing key hypotheses through project implementation incorporating landowner outreach and engagement efforts to increase conservation practice adoption will be prioritized.

Example hypotheses include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. If farmers had precise estimates of costs and field-level estimates of outcomes, they would be more likely to adopt.
  2. If farmers’ specific needs were known and interventions were developed that addressed those needs, they would be more likely to adopt.
  3. Novel engagement approaches, program designs, and intervention strategies can encourage landowners to adopt edge-of-field practices (e.g., financial incentives, crop insurance incentives, community working groups)
  4. Practice promotion is enhanced by tailoring intervention approaches to specific farm/farmer segments.
  5. Longitudinal research on farmer decision-making is needed to develop and test intervention strategies
  6. Farmers will likely adopt conservation practices when market incentives and farm-level engagement are coordinated or well-aligned.
  7. Using biophysical data and decision tools to target landowner/ farmer engagement increases willingness to adopt practices and environmental outcomes.

Associated projects currently supported by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) through its various programs or those with potential for future NFWF support will be given priority.

Priority will be given to applications that: 1) include diverse partners as key personnel; 2) engage stakeholders as integral members of the research team; and 3) present a conservation practice implementation plan to capitalize on a ’farmer’s or ’landowner’s willingness generated by the project, for example through existing or potential funding from NFWF. Projects using participatory approaches will be encouraged. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 204720

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$200,000 to $500,000
Additional support to expand pilot programs and further validate results is possible, contingent on funding availability. Successful projects will receive annual disbursements.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: Summer 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation for Food &Agriculture Research and the Walton Family Foundation welcome applications from domestic and international higher education institutions, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and US government-affiliated research agencies.

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) may apply to the ACTION program through their home institution or organization.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Information:
- Pre-Application Open: July 13, 2022, at 12:00pm ET
- Pre-Applications Due: August 31, 2022, by 5:00pm ET
An approved pre-application with an invitation to submit a full application is required for submission.
- Full Application Invitation: October 26, 2022, at 12:00 PM ET
- Full Applications Due: January 4, 2023, by 5:00 PM ET
- Award Notification: Spring 2023
- Anticipated Project Start Date: Summer 2023

Matching Funds are not required for this program but forming collaborative partnerships that provide additional funding/match is encouraged.

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


Dr. Kathleen Boomer

Grants Team

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