NCR-SARE's Call for 2024 Partnership Grant Program Proposals

July 31, 2023
Hongmei Li-Byarlay received support from a SARE Partnership grant to improve the quality and quantity of queen bee production in Ohio. Photo courtesy of the Li-Byarlay Lab.

NCR-SARE's 2024 Partnership Grant Program Call for Proposals is now available online.

NCR-SARE’s Partnership Grant 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.  

Individual grants are limited to $50,000 total funding request per application is allowed. A total of $1,000,000 is available to fund 20 projects this year. Last year we received 44 proposals in this grant program and funded 21. The typical funding success rate for program applications prior to last year has been 30 to 50 percent.

The deadline for Partnership Program proposals is October 19, 2023 at 4pm Central. NCR-SARE will be accepting online submissions for the Partnership Grant Program. More information about the online submission system can be found in the call for proposals.  

Partnership Zoom Session
A Partnership Grant and Research and Education preproposal application Zoom webinar will occur on September 6 at 10am Central. NCR-SARE intends to record the Zoom session and post it online. Register for the Zoom online at:

Funding Decision
NCR-SARE administers each grant program with specific goals, audiences, and timelines. Funding considerations are based on how well the applicant presents the problem being addressed, its relevance to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state North Central region, farmer-rancher engagement in the project, and how well it aligns with NCR-SARE's goals. 

A regional Administrative Council (AC) makes funding decisions, with review from a grant review committee. The Administrative Council is a collection of producers, university representatives, nonprofit group interests, Extension and NRCS people, other government employees, and agribusiness representatives. This group sets research priorities and recommends projects for funding.

Each state in SARE's North Central Region has one or more State Sustainable Agriculture Coordinators who can provide information and assistance to potential grant applicants. 

For questions or additional information regarding the Partnership Grant Program, contact Beth Nelson or Rob Myers.

Beth Nelson
Regional Coordinator and Director of Research and Education Programs
Phone: 612-626-4436
Email: [email protected]

Rob Myers
Regional Coordinator and Director of Professional Development (Extension) Programs
Phone: 573-882-1547
Email: [email protected]

Related Locations: North Central