Regenerative Grazing Initiative Grant

Cedar Tree Foundation


Grant amount: US $300,000 - US $480,000

Deadline: Aug 8, 2018 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The Cedar Tree Foundation is a family foundation created by the late pediatrician and entrepreneur, Dr. David H. Smith

Dr. Smith believed in the power of individuals and organizations to make significant changes in the world. The Cedar Tree Foundation continues to reflect that belief in its environmental grantmaking and programs. 

Grant Program Description and Goals

The Cedar Tree Foundation supports the expansion of regenerative grazing practices as a strategy to improve soil health and address the threat of climate change. Regenerative grazing is a valuable tool that can help land managers to increase their soil organic matter and overall soil health, thereby achieving multiple environmental benefits while increasing their resilience to floods and droughts. These environmental benefits include reduced erosion and runoff from farm fields, increased biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and increased carbon sequestration.  

By increasing the number of farmers, ranchers and other land managers using regenerative grazing practices, the Cedar Tree Foundation aims to achieve broad recognition by farmers of the value of regenerative grazing for building soil health. As more acres benefit from regenerative grazing, there will also be more evidence and advocates to support the policy changes needed to incentivize regenerative grazing.

How We Define Regenerative Grazing

Regenerative grazing encompasses various grazing management systems, all of which build soil. Regenerative grazing mimics nature: densely stocked herds graze in selected areas for short periods of time and don't return to that same area until proper rest is provided to the vegetation present. Regenerative grazing is a constantly evolving process which requires adaptation and flexibility of the grazier, working with natural processes to enhance ecosystem health. Implementation of this practice provides maximum benefits to the environment, livestock and grazier - and if done well, communities.                                   

We welcome Letters of Inquiry for work that will:

  • Expand the number of farmers & ranchers adopting regenerative grazing practices, including the next generation of grazing practitioners
  • Train and empower farmers as advocates and effective spokespeople for regenerative grazing
  • Make regenerative grazing visible at the local level 
  • Increase the cultural acceptance of grazing as a valuable tool for soil health  
  • Increase land access for grazing practitioners, via public lands and land trust properties
  • Quantify the true costs and benefits of regenerative v. conventional management to give land managers a clearer understanding of the effect of their choices

We welcome Letters of Inquiry for work that will address one or more of the following (working on only one of these is fine): 

  • Expand the number of farmers & ranchers adopting regenerative grazing practices, including the next generation of grazing practitioners;
  • Train and empower farmers as advocates and effective spokespeople for regenerative grazing;
  • Increase the cultural acceptance of grazing as a valuable tool for soil health. This can include, but is not limited to:
    • Increasing the visibility of regenerative grazing in high-traffic areas, such as main roadways or visible parks;
    • Media work;
    • Local Advertising.
  • Increase land access for grazing practitioners, via public lands and land trust properties;
  • Provide an economic analysis of regenerative vs. conventional management to give land managers a clearer understanding of the effect of their choices and their connection to farm profitability.

Grant Program Logistics

Cedar Tree plans to award 3-4 grants per year in 2018, 2019 and 2020. These highly competitive grants will be 3-year grants with an award size between $100,000- $160,000 per year, with the possibility of renewal for an additional 3 years. These grants will be project support grants.

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

Eligibility:

  • As a national program of the Cedar Tree Foundation, the Regenerative Grazing Initiative will provide significant support to a small number of not-for-profit organizations that are expanding the adoption of regenerative grazing practices in the USA.
  • Our 2018 grantmaking for this initiative will focus on work in the following states:
    • Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota;
    • Oklahoma and Missouri; and
    • the Northeast (ME/NH/VT/MA/RI/CT/NY/NJ); these may shift over time.
  • Projects with national implications will also be considered but are less likely to be funded.
  • We welcome inquiries from Native American tribes and tribal organizations.
  • Current and past Cedar Tree grantees are eligible to apply for this funding.


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