NCR-SARE: Youth Educator Grant Program

North Central Region SARE

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Deadline: Nov 14, 2019 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

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

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

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Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn about Sustainable Agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible). Educators use the grants to encourage young people and their parents to try sustainable practices and see sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. 

Project Idea 

Projects should help youth discover that sustainable farming and ranching is profitable; good for families, communities, and their quality of life; and good for the environment long term. Review the following sustainable agriculture practices and project ideas. Use them to think up your own project ideas. NCR-SARE encourages you to be creative and innovative, and to work directly with local farmers and ranchers who practice Sustainable Agriculture. Please note: 21st Century Farming involves growing food and fiber and can include market gardens and urban agriculture.

Sustainable Agriculture is farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible. Sustainable Agriculture practices may include but are not limited to:

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Rotational Grazing (including Managementintensive & Mob Grazing)
  • Soil Erosion Control
  • Soil Quality Improvement
  • Water Quality Improvement/Wetlands
  • Cover Crops
  • Crop/Landscape Diversity
  • Nutrient Management
  • Agroforestry
  • Value-Added and Direct Marketing Holistic/Systems Approaches to Farming and Ranching
  • Wildlife Preservation
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Poultry and Small-Scale Livestock Production
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Proactive Weed Control (For example: Interseeded cover crops, use of crop rotation, planting row crops in warm soil

Project Characteristics

Projects and proposals should: 

  • Clearly explain how youth will learn about sustainable agriculture practices and careers.
  • Involve farmers and ranchers in planning the project and teaching.
  • Emphasize collaboration with others who can assist with outreach as well as project planning, implementation, and evaluation. Cooperators may include other educators, farmers, ranchers, parents, students, Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service, staff of local or state non-profit groups, etc.
  • Share project results with other educators through field days, presentations, posters, publications, social media, videos, websites, workshops, and more

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


  • The program supports opportunities for youth educators to research, demonstrate, and learn more about sustainable agriculture.
    • A Youth Educator is someone who teaches youth about sustainable agriculture; this may include professional educators (4-H, FFA, Extension, grade school, high school, community college, college, university), farmers/ranchers, home-schoolers, other youth, educators from non-profit organizations, etc.