Southern SARE Producer Grant Calls for Proposals Released

September 8, 2020

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Call for Proposals for the 2021 Producer Grant Program is now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program. The Producer Grant program is intended for farmers and ranchers, or farmer and rancher organizations in the Southern region.

The proposal submission deadline is November 13, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST.  

The announcement of the funded proposals will be released in late February 2021.

The maximum funding amount for a Producer Grant is $15,000 for individual farmers and ranchers while the limit for farmer/rancher organizations is $20,000.

Producer Grants are used to conduct research projects that solve the agricultural production challenges faced by farmers and to develop information so that other farmers and ranchers facing similar challenges can benefit from the results of the research.

Producer grants are not designed to pay a farmer to farm. Nor do they buy livestock, equipment, or land; make permanent farm improvements, or support private enterprises through capital investments.  Southern SARE Producer Grants are competitive research grants, designed to take some of the financial risk away from trying a solution to an agricultural production issue.

Projects may be funded for up to two years. Producer organizations should be comprised primarily of farmers/ranchers and must have a majority farmer representation on their governing board.

For detailed information on how to apply for a Producer Grant, download the current Producer Grant Call for Proposals.

The Producer Grant Call for Proposals includes all the information needed to apply for a grant. This includes information that explains how Producer Grant funds can be used, proposal submission instructions and contact information. Carefully follow the information in the Call for Proposals when submitting your proposal. Failure to follow the submission guidelines will result in your proposal being rejected.

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Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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