Sustainable Community Innovation Grants
ATTENTION: When applying for this grant, please refer to the guidelines in the Call for Proposal and carefully follow the application procedures.
Sustainable Community Innovation Grants are jointly administered by Southern SARE and the Southern Rural Development Center for the purpose of linking sustainable agriculture with healthy economic community development. Healthy and prosperous rural communities are vital to the sustainability of a healthy U.S. agriculture, and sustainable agriculture practices are important to the future vitality of many rural communities.
Despite the strong ties between agriculture and the community in which it is embedded, researchers and practitioners often fall short in their efforts to integrate both components into their scholarly and outreach activities. The Sustainable Community Innovation Grants program is an effort designed to invest in programs that blend sound community development with sustainable agriculture strategies.
Southern SARE and the Southern Rural Development Center have released a special grant call for 2015 to fund research on local and regional food systems.
Who can apply for this special SGIG call?
The special grant call is open to any individuals, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, governmental organizations, and/or educational organizations located in the Southern region.
How much will the grant fund?
Project maximum is $35,000 for a one-year project.
What can SCIG funds be used for?
Funds may be used for: Supplies, personnel, travel and per diem, outreach expenses, refreshments, working lunches.
Are there things that SCIG funds can't be used for?
Funds may not be used for international travel, permanent capital improvements, purchase of passenger carrying vehicles, starting a farm or farming operation, full or partial meals that are not working lunches, starting or expanding a non-governmental organization or organizational start-up expenses of any kind.
What else should I know about this special SCIG call?
- This grant is not to fund the development of individual local and regional food systems, but to fund research defining, evaluating and understanding the impacts of local and regional food systems.
- Other types of projects that are NOT fundable: Those that focus on community gardens, fund farmers market staff/managers, fund start-up farmers markets, fund CSAs, focus on a single farm or business, fail to incorporate any focus on sustainable ag.
- The applicant must define what he/she considers local and/or regional for the purpose of the research. They must also work with food systems that are based on sustainable production practices.
Can I see examples of past SARE projects?
You can search the national SARE database of over 5,000 research projects across the country.
Where can I learn more about how to apply?
Read the SCIG Special Call for Proposals which has all the instructions, grant rules and helpful hints you will need to apply. Proposal deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on May 4, 2015.