NCR-SARE recognizes that youth programs are a way to introduce new and exciting farming and ranching options to youth, parents, and community members. The Youth Educator program provides opportunities for youth to learn about Sustainable Agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible). Youth Educator grants support projects by youth educators that encourage youth to try sustainable practices and explore sustainable agriculture as a viable career option.
- Youth Educator Grants are competitive grants for educators to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth.
- $4,000 maximum
- A sample of the call for proposals is available throughout the year, but you should always consult the current call for proposals when applying.
- The annual portfolio of youth educator grant proposals is reviewed and awarded on an annual timeline.
Funding decisions are made by NCR-SARE's regional Administrative Council, after receiving feedback from a review committee. The Administrative Council is a collection of farmers, ranchers, university representatives, nonprofit representatives, Extension and NRCS people, other government employees, and agribusiness representatives. This group sets research priorities and recommends projects for funding.
NCR-SARE can provide grant applications, reports from other projects, lists of funded projects, or other sustainable agriculture information.
Before writing a grant proposal, determine a clear project goal and explore previous research. It often helps to contact NCR-SARE, local agriculture groups, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and/or Extension educators to share ideas and invite participation.
To receive more information about the NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant Programs’ proposal processes and timelines, contact the NCR-SARE office.