Western SARE Professional Development Program in California invites Proposals

WSARE California invites proposals for small grants ($5,000-$10,000 each) to assist agricultural professionals (UC ANR, NRCS, RCD and others) in providing opportunities for educational and professional development to other California-based agricultural professionals. The program will award 2 or 3 small grants geared to professional development activities targeted primarily to agricultural professionals such as extension staff, non-profit, state and federal agency staff, PCAs/CCAs, etc. Farmers and ranchers may be included but should NOT be the primary audience. The goal is to increase the capacity of agriculture professionals to apply the principles of sustainable agriculture while working with their clientele (farmers, ranchers, consumers, youth, businesses, government, or communities).

High-priority topics include:

  • Ag resiliency and climate change
  • Fire: wild and prescribed
  • Soil health in crop and rangeland
  • Biodiversity, habitat and integrated pest management
  • Water use efficiency
  • Nutrient management practices to minimize environmental impairments
  • Alternative marketing approaches
  • Community-based food systems
  • Planning for succession and/or post-disaster continuity  

All proposals will be reviewed by a panel of stakeholder reviewers. 

Please download and complete this application
Email your completed application to: paleff@ucdavis.edu
Important: Please put “SARE for CA Mini-grant” in the subject line.
To share with others, here is the application with information page

Who can apply:

Any California-based professional whose position involves extension of agricultural production, conservation or marketing information to agricultural producers at all scales.

Final date for acceptance of WSARE California Mini-Grant Proposals is February 25, 2019, by 5 pm.

All applicants will be notified of funding decision by April 30, 2019.

For more information on the grant proposal process, please contact Penny Leff, UC SAREP, paleff@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-5208.

For more information about Western SARE, please see www.westernsare.org or contact Sonja Brodt, sbbrodt@ucdavis.edu or Jeff Stackhouse, jwstackhouse@ucanr.edu.