WRASAP Small Grants Program

WRASAP is offering a distribution of funds to partners, collaborators and stakeholders. Requested funds should address causes of and solutions for agricultural stress in the Western region. Unless an expedited, time sensitive review is requested the Western Regional 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, and 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. *An underrepresented group is a subset of a population with a smaller percentage than the general population. Underrepresented farmer/farmworker populations include Asian, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latinx/Latin American indigenous, Native American Nations, Alaskan Natives, women, new and beginning farmers, aging and veteran farmers, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), as well as farmers and farmworkers with disabilities.

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, and compelling arguments will support 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 grants@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 grants@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 Small Grants review 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 March 31, 2021 and ending on July 31, 2023 (see table below for exact dates), the Small Grants review committee will review expedited proposals at the end of each month.

Submission Deadlines & Award Notification

Submission DeadlinesAwardee Notification
Quarter 1
March 31st
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions no later than 30 days after the submission deadline.
Quarter 1
June 30th
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions no later than 30 days after the submission deadline.
Quarter 3
September 30st
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: grants@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 Form, in which case the proposal will be expedited and reviewed at the end of the month.

Still have questions? Email: grants@farmstress.us