Small Grants Program

We are accepting applications for short-term proposals aimed at addressing stress, stress management/assistance, and mental health among farmers, ranchers, and farm workers in the 12-state North Central region.

Funding Amount

This small grants program will make awards up to $3,000 with proposals reviewed on an ongoing basis until funding is depleted.

Example projects

Funding may be used for outreach programs or specific projects in alignment with the Center’s goal of improving outcomes for farmers, ranchers, and farm workers through education, outreach, and services to manage mental health.

Example projects could include covering costs associated with offering mental health programs, such as Mental Health First Aid, among others, including instructor training costs; developing resources such as factsheets or videos; or implementing farming programs, practices, tools, or technologies in a way that is likely to reduce stress for people in agriculture. Projects should be completed within six to twelve months.

Eligibility

Eligible organizations and individuals include non-profits, universities, and other stakeholder groups or individuals who work with agricultural communities. Applicants must be within the 12-state North Central region and proposals must serve audiences within these states, which include: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. Proposals that focus on underserved farmers, ranchers, and/or farm workers will receive priority, such as proposals focusing on farmers, ranchers, and/or farm workers who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ+); young and beginning farmers, ranchers, and/or farm workers, including first generation; and farmers, ranchers, and/or farm workers with disabilities.

Proposal requirements

The online application (link below) will request the following information:

  • Identify the problem or area of work. (100 words maximum)
  • Identifying the population of interest and provide rationale. (150 words maximum)
  • List one to three specific goals you hope to achieve with grant funding. How are the goals relevant to NC FRSAC? (200 words maximum).
  • Explain specific activities and how they will be implemented. (300 words maximum)
  • How many people do you expect to reach? (numerical entry, up to 4 digits)
  • What is one outcome indicator you could use? How will you gather that information? (200 words maximum)
  • Budget narrative/justification. List each expense and provide rationale for its inclusion in the budget. Budget should not exceed $3000.
  • Timeline of project activities.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Project directors will be notified of their funding status within one month of submitting their proposal.

Reporting Requirements

Project directors will be asked to submit a final report that briefly describes project outcomes, reach, products, and future plans or directions.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at farm-stress@illinois.edu.

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