The North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program currently has four open grant programs to fund research and education projects that advance sustainable agricultural practices in the North Central region.

NCR-SARE's competitive grants have advanced agricultural innovation that promotes economic viability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and their communities since 1988. These grant programs are for farmers, ranchers, scientists, educators, institutions, organizations, and others exploring sustainable agriculture in the 12 states in the North Central region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin).

More information is about these grants, as well as profiles of previously awarded grant recipients is available at the NCR-SARE website.

NCR-SARE’s Open Grant Programs are as follows: 

  • Farmer Rancher Grant Program, a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers. Proposals must be received by 4pm CST, Dec. 1.
  • Research and Education Grant Program,  a competitive grant program for researchers and educators. Proposals for this program must be received by 4pm CDT on Oct. 13.
  • Youth Educator Grant Program, a competitive grant program for youth educators to encourage youth to try sustainable practices. Proposals must be received by 4pm CST, Nov. 10. 
  • Partnership Grant Program, a competitive grant program for cooperative projects between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers. Proposals for this grant program must be received 4pm CDT, Oct. 20, 2022.

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