Do you have a great idea for a project that combines sustainable agriculture and your community but no money to money to ahead? Apply for funding through the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Sustainable Community Innovation Grant program. Grants fund a variety of innovative projects that successfully link sustainable agriculture with sustainable community activities to increase and support farms, businesses, families and communities.
Proposals for the 2011 SARE Sustainable Community Innovation Grants are now open. Project maximums are $10,000 for up to two years of activities that are intended to increase knowledge, build capacity and make connections between farms and rural communities to benefit people who live in those communities.
Grant proposal deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Oct. 3, 2011. Announcement of awarded grants will take place in December. To download a call for proposal, go to www.southernsare.org/Grants/Apply-for-a-Grant.
Priority areas for this year’s grants include strategic planning efforts, food assistance and security activities, local leadership development, and farmer/consumer linkages. To learn more about projects that were funded in 2010, log on to www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/Sustainable-Community-Innovation-Grants-Awarded.
SARE is a competitive grants program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote research and education about sustainable agriculture. Southern SARE is administered by a host consortium consisting of the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Oklahoma.
(Candace Pollack is the public relations coordinator for the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.)