The 2019 North Central Region – Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Grant Opportunities

Farmer Rancher Program

These grants are for farmers/ranchers to explore innovative sustainable agriculture solutions to production, marketing, labor, and other problems. There are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($9,000 maximum), Team of Two grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate and distinct operations who are working together ($18,000 maximum), and Group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate and distinct operations who are working together ($27,000 maximum). Projects may last up to 24 months. Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as well as useful information for completing a proposal at Proposals are due on December 6, 2018.

Partnership Program

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.  Partnership Grants are funded for up to 24 months. Up to $40,000 total funding request per application is allowed. The deadline for Partnership Program proposals is October 24, 2018. Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online

Sustainable farming funding opportunities, find out more, at free S.A.R.E. workshops

Purdue Extension and Indiana SARE will offer free workshops for those interested in applying for a SARE grant. The workshops will take place:

9/24/18:  Purdue Extension -Hancock County, 802 Apple St., Greenfield, IN 46140, 6-8 pm

10/3/18:  Purdue Extension -Monroe County, 3400 South Walnut St. Bloomington, IN 47401, 6-8 pm

10/9/18:  Purdue Extension- Newton County, Government Center, 4117 S 240 W Suite 600, Morocco, IN 47963-0678, 2-4 pm

9/25/18:  Online webinar/ conference call. Available by phone or computer- 10:00 am- log in instruction will be sent via return e-mail. Recording to be made available to registrants.

To register, please complete the registration form located here: or by calling (812) 349-2575. The registration deadline is three days prior to each specific workshop.

If you have questions about the grants and workshops, please contact Roy Ballard, Indiana SARE Coordinator by calling (317) 462-1113 or by e-mail at Please contact Roy if you need a hard copy or an email version of the call for proposals. Revisions are made to calls for proposals each year, which means it is crucial to use the most recent call for proposals and application.



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