Professional Development Grants
ATTENTION: When applying for this grant, please refer to the guidelines in the Call for Proposal and carefully follow the application procedures.
The Professional Development Program provides sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for Cooperative Extension Service personnel, Natural Resources Conservation Service staff and others who work directly with farmers and ranchers. Professional Development Program Grants are available to help further those education and outreach strategies.
Professional Development Program Grants are competitive grants that provide sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other ag professionals who work directly with farmers and ranchers. PDP grants are SSARE’s train-the-trainer grants.
Who can apply for a Professional Development Program Grant?
Agricultural professionals such as Cooperative Extension, NRCS, FSA, and other USDA staff, ag consultants, non-governmental organizations, farmer trainers and other as professionals are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Program Grant.
How much will the grants fund?
There is no funding cap for projects. To fund a broad portfolio of projects, priority will be given to those less than $80,000. The PDP Grant generally funds three to four training projects.
What do the grants fund?
Professional Development Program grants fund training activities that may include seminars, workshops, farm tours, on-farm demonstrations, or the development, marketing and distribution of training materials. Activities may take place in a single state, multiple states, or throughout the entire Southern region.
Projects should emphasize a systems approach in sustainable ag, effective training methods, multi-interdisciplinary and multi-institutional partnerships, farmer involvement, and multiple deliverable formats.
To determine allowable costs for the funding, refer to the USDA-NIFA Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars, A-21: Cost Principles for Educational Activities, and A-110: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-Profit Organization. Refer to additional grant regulations on the USDA website.
What else should I know about PDP grants?
- Projects outcomes must focus on developing sustainable ag systems or moving existing systems toward sustainability.
- Projects must provide or enable training to revelant audiences. Research projects and farmer outreach or education do not qualify.
- Professional Development Program Grants are competitive training grants. The PDP Grant generally funds 3 to 4 training projects per year.
- The development of a case for relevancy to southern agriculture and significance to the state(s) involved
- Systems approach that includes environmental, societal, and economic impacts to the community
- Farmer involvement in planning, evaluation, and delivery of training
Ready to Apply?
When you are ready to apply for a Professional Development Program Grant, download the PDP Grant Call for Proposals and carefully follow the instructions. The application process always begins with the Call for Proposals. All the rules and guidelines and everything you need to complete the application process and successfully submit your project can be found in the Call for Proposals.