NCR-SARE's 2024 Call for Farmer Rancher Grant Proposals

August 3, 2023
For more than 15 years, Eric DuPuis has been a sugarmaker with the Nagaajiwanaang band of Anishinaabe Ojibwe people near Cloquet, Minnesota. With SARE support, he made some improvements to his sugarmaking enterprise that have benefited his business and his community.

The 2024 NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now available.

Farmers and ranchers in the North Central region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Sustainable agriculture is ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible. Projects should emphasize research or education and demonstration. Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers plan to use their own innovative ideas to explore sustainable agriculture practices and how they will share project results.

There are two options available for Farmer Rancher grants:

  • Individual grants ($15,000 maximum)
  • Team grants for two or more farmers or ranchers who are working together ($30,000 maximum)

NCR-SARE expects to fund about 40 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call. A total of approximately $720,000 is available for this program.

NCR-SARE is accepting online submissions for the Farmer Rancher Grant Program. More information about the online submission system can be found in the call for proposals.

Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as well as useful information for completing a proposal at You can find more information about sustainable agriculture at

Proposals must be received online or in the NCR-SARE office by mail or e-mail by 4:00 p.m. Central Time on December 7, 2023.

Farmer Rancher Grant Zoom Session
A Zoom meeting on applying for a Farmer Rancher Grant will be held at 4:00 p.m. Central Time on October 4, 2023. NCR-SARE plans to record the zoom session and post it online here.

Register for the zoom online at: 

Applicants with questions can contact Joan Benjamin, Farmer Rancher Grant Program Coordinator, at or 573-681-5545. Applicants should also contact Joan Benjamin if they need a hard copy or an email version of the call for proposals. We revise our calls for proposals each year, so be sure to use the most recent call for proposals.

Each state in SARE's North Central region has one or more Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator who can provide information and assistance to grant applicants. Interested applicants can find their State Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator online at

Related Locations: North Central