Learning how grants work can greatly improve your ability to write a successful application and capitalize on the many sources of money available to local farmers.
A Nov. 16, 2013, SFA workshop, “Grant-Writing Essentials for Farmers,” covered the keys to successful proposals and discuss several different grant programs such as Minnesota Department of Agriculture Sustainable Ag Demonstration Grant, SARE Farmer-Rancher, and MN Dept of Ag Specialty Crop Block Grant.
The workshop was free for current SFA members.
Participants will see both good and not-so-good proposal examples and discuss the differences in each. We will also provide an essential checklist of how to develop a successful proposal start-to-finish, including a timetable and planning chart. Finally, participants will develop a plan and a draft of their desired proposal during the session, receiving one-on-one support.
The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture’s Sustainable Ag Demonstration Grant program proposals are especially timely, as they are due Jan. 29. This workshop will present information that will help with any grant proposal, but farmers thinking about applying for MDA funding will find this workshop especially timely.
- John Mesko, Executive Director, Sustainable Farming Association – John (right) has been the lead writer on several successful grant proposals, and collaborated with others on dozens of smaller proposals.
- Jean Ciborowski, Minnesota Department of Agriculture – Jean is the administrator of the MN Department of Ag Sustainable Ag Demonstration Grant. She’s reviewed hundreds of proposals submitted by farmers over the years, and understands what makes a successful proposal.
The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at room 120 in the Gorecki Center at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. Lunch is not provided but local options, including the St. Ben’s cafeteria and several local restaurants, are nearby.