NCR-SARE: Partnership Grant Program

North Central Region SARE

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Grant amount: Up to US $30,000

Deadline: Oct 24, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Research Scientist Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan Show all

Location of residency: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan Show all

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The Partnership Grant program funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) 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. Examples of appropriate projects include on-farm testing of cropping system strategies or grazing systems, cooperative efforts to develop new marketing approaches, investigations into new approaches to processing and/or adding value to sustainably produced farm products, and projects that lead to resilient agricultural systems. General guidelines on these grants are below, with more specific details following.

  • Partnership Grants are for on-farm research, demonstration and/or educational projects and are funded for up to 24 months.
  • Up to $40,000 total funding request per application is allowed. A total of $560,000 is available to fund 14 projects this year.
  • Last year we received 37 proposals in this grant program, and funded 15.
  • An Agricultural Professional is the grant applicant and the principal investigator.
  • Typically three or more farmers or ranchers are expected to be substantially involved in development and implementation of the project (see further details on role of producers on page 4).
  • Each farm/ranch must be an independent and separate/distinct operation.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Any agriculture/natural resource professional in the North Central region may apply. These professionals are:
    • university educators including extension agents and specialists
    • NRCS field staff
    • agricultural consultants (individuals who actively consult with farmers and ranchers as certified crop advisors, soils consultants, ranching consultants, etc.)
    • nonprofit or agency staff assisting farmers and ranchers at the local level


  • Partnership Grant funds may NOT be used for the following purposes:
    • Starting or expanding a farm or farm operation.
    • Any single piece of equipment costing more than $5,000.
      • This limit cannot be used toward the purchase of a piece of equipment or the modification of equipment costing more than $5,000 or to purchase or purchase parts for tractors, irrigation systems, etc.
      • Capital expenses for things like land purchases, general farm improvements, and construction of buildings, greenhouses, and laboratories are NOT allowed.
      • Equipment expenditures (defined as single item purchase greater than $5000) are rarely allowed, and you should check with NCR-SARE office before including it in your budget proposal.
    • Permanent improvement to a farm or ranch, such as constructing or remodeling a building, permanent fencing, etc.
    • Any meal that does not maintain the continuity of the meeting.
    • Testing of specific commercial products