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Current Funding Opportunities

WRASAP is offering a distribution of funds to partners, collaborators and stakeholders which may address causes of and solutions for agricultural stress in the Western Region. Unless an expedited, time sensitive review is requested the Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance (WRASAP) Small Grants are offered four times per year in the fall, winter, spring and summer.

Apply for up to $10,000 (without special approval) to educate yourself/your organization or reduce agriculture-related stress and/or prevent agricultural suicides in your state/territory. Funding opportunities are available in three categories: Translation, Outreach, and Professional Development.

Eligibility:

Prospective applicants for a small grant must either base program activity in the Western Region and/or proposed activity must be relevant to farmers or farmworkers in the Western Region. Western Region States and Territories include: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Northern Mariana Islands, Micronesia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Weighted Priority: Proposals seeking to serve underrepresented farmer/farmworker populations and/or member organizations of the WRASAP FRSAN working group will receive weighted priority during the review process.

Member organizations of the WRASAP FRSAN working group:

  • American Samoa Community College
  • College of Micronesia
  • Colorado State University AgrAbility and Extension
  • CommuniCare Health Centers (CA)
  • Farm Aid
  • Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture
  • Health Education Council (CA)
  • Idaho Dairymen’s Association
  • National AgrAbility Project (NAP)
  • New Mexico State Dairy Extension
  • New Mexico State University Extension AgrAbility
  • New Mexico State University
  • Northern Marianas College
  • Oregon Dairy Farmers Association
  • Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU)
  • University Nevada, Reno Extension
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks AgrAbility and Extension
  • University of Arizona Tribal Extension Program
  • University of California Davis Extension and CA AgrAbility
  • University of Guam
  • University of Hawaii Extension
  • University of Idaho Extension
  • University of Wyoming Extension
  • Utah State University Extension
  • Washington State Dairy Federation
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS)

Funding Categories

Translation Small Grants Proposals

The overarching goal of this WRASAP Small Grants Program is to facilitate and support translation activities that will directly improve agriculture-related stress and agricultural suicide prevention for the Western U.S. WRASAP partners have identified lack of translation of materials as a stressor and barrier to accessing services. Innovative proposals are encouraged, compelling arguments will support illustrating the need to fund these proposals.

Eligible Activities: providing in-person translation or to have resources translated for dissemination.

  • Examples of domains for translation projects in the WRASAP region include, but are not limited to, languages (i.e. Spanish, Russian, Mixteco, Chamorro, Tagalog, Chuukese, Kosraean, etc.) and cultures (i.e. farmer culture, farmworker culture, Hmong farmer culture, etc.).

Award: Funding will be awarded quarterly for the 2020–2023 academic years. Requests may be up to $10,000; most requests will be $5,000-$7,500.  For requests above $10,000, please contact info@farmstress.us before submission deadline for additional criteria.

Outreach and Education Small Grants Proposals

The overarching goal of this WRASAP Small Grants Program is to facilitate and support outreach activities and providing a range of services, including trainings, workshops, and support services that will directly improve agriculture-related stress and agricultural suicide prevention for the Western U.S.

Eligible Activities: These funds allow for partners to offer smaller or singular events (i.e. single QPR or Mental Health First Aid Training)

  • These funds may also be used to expand the larger outreach programs to new areas as well as speaker costs for embedding behavioral health expertise into existing ag programming.
  • Funds may also be utilized for virtual or phone outreach and educational activities (i.e. training, support groups, etc). Applicants must ensure that they address internet, hardware, software and use access equitably.

Award: Funding will be awarded quarterly for the 2020–2023 academic years. Requests may be up to $10,000; most requests will be $5,000-$7,500.  For requests above $10,000, please contact info@farmstress.us before submission deadline for additional criteria.

Professional Development Small Grants Proposals

The overarching goal of this WRASAP Small Grants Program is to facilitate and support professional development activities that will directly improve agriculture-related stress and agricultural suicide prevention for the Western U.S.

Eligible Activities: These funds allow for partners to offer smaller or singular events (i.e. single QPR or Mental Health First Aid Training), attend conferences or workshops, or enroll in another applicable professional development opportunity.

Award: Funding will be awarded quarterly for the 2020–2023 academic years. Individuals may request up to $5,000 for participation in a professional development activity. *Although proposals are due at the end of each quarter, if the professional development opportunity is more time sensitive, the applicant may indicate this on the application form, and the committee will review the proposal at the end of the month during which the proposal was submitted.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Awards will be processed in accordance with “Key Dates and Schedules” outlined on the RFA notice. Although proposals are due the last day of each quarter beginning on January 31, 2021 and ending on July 31, 2023 (see table below for exact dates), the review committee will review expedited proposals at the end of each month.

Submission DeadlinesAwardee Notification
Quarter 1
March 31st
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions no later than 30 days after the submission deadline.
Quarter 2
June 30th
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions no later than 30 days after the submission deadline.
Quarter 3
September 30th
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions no later than 30 days after the submission deadline.
Quarter 4
December 31st
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions no later than 30 days after the submission deadline.

To Apply

Submission Instructions

  • Send all materials (Small Grants Application Form and Budget Justification) in one .pdf to: info@farmstress.us
  • Proposals are due on or before 5pm PST on the last day of the quarter.  Expedited, time sensitive applications may be reviewed prior.

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed on the 15th day after each quarterly deadline. A funding decision will be made by the 3rd week of that month. The only extenuating circumstance is if the applicant has checked the ‘time-sensitive box’ on the small grants application, in which case the proposal will be expedited and reviewed at the end of the month.

When can I apply for a small grant?

The small grants review committee is required to meet quarterly and distribute funds.  We realize this might be problematic if you have a training that comes up before the quarter expires.  Every effort will be made to accommodate your request in a timely manner.

What do I have to do to apply for a grant?

Fill out the Small Grants Application Form and Budget Justification Template. Send completed documents and requested attachments to info@farmstress.us and the WRASAP small grants committee will review it and reply to you.

Can I apply for more than one small grant in more than one category? 

There is no current limit to the number of small grants one may apply for at any given time.

Can anyone or any organization apply?

Organizations, nonprofits, universities and other stakeholder groups are encouraged to apply so long as the proposed activity is relevant to Western Region farmers or farm workers.  Weighted but priority will be given to partner organizations from the WRASAP FRSAN working group and those programs serving underrepresented farmer and farm worker populations. For a list of partner organizations, please refer to the top of the page.

How will the funds be distributed?

Submit an application (two page maximum) including a budget justification (two page maximum) on your proposal and how you will allocate the funding. The review team will review your application and respond within 30 days of the quarterly deadline unless an expedited review is requested. Grant recipients will start work and then send in an invoice to WRASAP for salary/wages/benefits/goods & services/travel/other and they will be processed through the principal investigator’s University/Organization accounts payable system.

What kind of record keeping is required?

You are responsible for budgeting, organizing and/or purchasing grant funded items. Invoicing and record keeping requirements will be identified to awardees at point of fund distribution. Keep your receipts and email a quarterly report to info@farmstress.us.

My state/territory was approved for one activity/expenditure, but we want to spend the grant funds differently, is this possible?

The grant funds may only be used for items approved in the initial application. Please ensure you do adequate research to make sure your idea is feasible before applying for the small grant.

What are some items that will not be approved for funding?

Grant funds may not be used to purchase food or disposable eating utensils (paper plates, plastic forks/knives, etc). Please contact us with questions about specific items.

What are some small grants ideas that have been successful in the past?

We promise to post some as soon as the first round is awarded.

What if I want to attend a conference that is before the quarterly deadline?

Proposals are due the last day of each quarter however, the review team realizes you may have trainings that would occur prior to a quarterly award.  In these instances, please use the expedited review process.  The review team will do their best to review your proposal in a timely fashion.

Still have questions? Email: info@farmstress.us

The Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program is supported by the USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, under agreement number: 2020-70028-32731 proposal number: 2020-07631

The Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program is an equal access/equal opportunity program.