Professional Development Program Grant Call for Proposals to Be Released In July
Candace Pollock-Moore (email@example.com)
GRIFFIN, Georgia – The release date for the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) Professional Development Program (PDP) Grant Call for Pre-proposals has changed.
Beginning in FY2019, the Call for Pre-proposals for the program’s train-the-trainer grant will be released in July with pre-proposals due in August. In the past, the release date for the Call for Pre-proposals was in March, with pre-proposals due in June. Full proposals will still be awarded in February the following year.
The new PDP grant cycle will be as follows:
July Call for Pre-proposals released
August PDP Pre-proposals due
October Pre-proposal applicants invited to submit full proposals
November Full proposals due
February Full proposals awarded
The Professional Development Program is a “train the trainer” program, providing funding to agricultural professionals to train Cooperative Extension agents, USDA field personnel, and other ag professionals and educators in areas of sustainable agriculture production practices. Training activities may include seminars, workshops, farm tours, on-farm demonstrations, or the marketing and distributing of training materials. Activities may take place in a single state, multiple states, or throughout the entire Southern region.
There’s no set amount of grant funding, but priority will be given to those less than $80,000, in order to fund a broad portfolio of projects.
Roughly 140 PDP grants totaling over $10 million have been awarded by Southern SARE since the grant was first offered in 1994.
Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America’s Southern region. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.