NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Program

Farmers and ranchers have a critical insight when it comes to improving their systems. Whether they need to limit off-farm inputs, reduce erosion, create more time for family or community activities, learn marketing skills, or find other ways to enhance their livelihoods, farmers and ranchers can turn to the North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) for grant opportunities and information. In 1992, NCR-SARE began a competitive Farmer Rancher Grant Program exclusively to fund farmers and ranchers striving for agricultural sustainability.

NCR-SARE’s Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects.

Check out these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Farmer Rancher grant program for more information.

  • Farmer Rancher grants are offered as individual grants ($9,000 maximum), team of two ($18,000 maximum), or group ($27,000 maximum) grants for ideas initiated by farmers and ranchers.
  • Projects may last up to 23 months.
  • About 50 projects are funded each year.
  • Grants support producers who are protecting natural resources, enhancing communities, and boosting profitability.
  • Outreach and networking multiply farmer and rancher project results.
  • NCR-SARE uses an online grant application system for this program. More information is available in the call for proposals.
  • Grant-making decisions are made by the NCR-SARE Administrative Council.
  • sample call for proposals is available throughout the year, but you should always consult the current call for proposals when applying.
  • Grant applications are reviewed and awarded on the annual timeline.
  • View a video or PowerPoint presentation about completing a proposal for this grant program below.
  • Take a look at grants that have been previously funded.
  • View of map of Farmer Rancher grants that have been funded in the North Central region.

Farmer Rancher grants have funded a variety of topics including pest/disease management, crop, and livestock production, education/outreach, networking, quality of life issues, marketing, soil quality, energy, and more.

For more information, visit the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education webpage.