The Institute for Rural America has developed and participated in a number of grant related projects in support of Rural America.

  • Our Goal: Make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Working together has always characterized rural America and we actively participate with other supporters of rural America by jointly sponsoring and/or cooperating in grant initiatives that support our mission.

     The Institute is committed to developing the ag leaders of tomorrow by helping them learn skills as basic as parliamentary procedures to the big concepts of marketing in today’s ag world. The over-arching goal is to help producers move forward, where they can be leaders in their own community, and perhaps within agricultural organizations as well.

Grants-awarded

The Institute for Rural America's OFARM 2014 project built support for organic grain farmers by connecting food coop consumers to the real voices and issues of organic grain farming and provide consumers with tangible ways to support all organic farmers. In doing so, OFARM built partnerships that helped strengthen a base of support for the national effort to maintain strong organic food standards and to roll back the threat posed by meaningless "natural" labels.
       Specifically, OFARM produced six stories in which organic grain farmers talked to organic consumers. Each farmer story introduced organic farmers in an accessible, friendly way. In addition, each story addressed one major misconception, threat, or advantage of organic farming.
         Each story offers the audience an honest and revealing perspectives of organic grain farmers and includes several actions how to support these farmers. As they get to know more about organic grain farmers and the issues they face, organic consumers will become stronger advocates for those farmers.


Exploring Livestock Marketing Groups Using New Technology was a 2013 project the Institute was involved in evaluating. Raising livestock represents an important part of a diversified producer business plan. Marketing the livestock is an important function of a producer's profit plan.
       The project involved utilizing experienced livestock marketing and technology specialists to research and develop a marketing plan. So that individual and groups of producers could market their (mostly cattle, but including goats) livestock to buyers through a farmer-to-farmer marketing system. Readily available new technologies tools such as Ipad's Facetime, GIS, and applications for iPad's and smart phones were employed.

 
Connecting Young Farmers Conferences, Leadership for Our Future      
Our first effort in the leadership area, occurred in 2008, and focused on developing future agricultural leaders. Held in St. Joseph, Mo., Aug. 8-9, it attracted more than 30 producers from Indiana to the Pacific Ocean. And the importance of leadership was emphasized by the opening speaker of the conference, Missouri State Senator and former National Farmers director, Wes Shoemyer. “We’re in a time in agriculture where we just can’t keep on doing the same thing we’ve been doing,” he said.
       Jan. 17-18, 2011, at the Kansas City Argosy Hotel our next leaders conference took place. The day and one half event was loaded with information and educational sessions about marketing and leadership points. It was designed to spur leadership development of National Farmers Organization producer members, as well as others interested in learning about the latest price negotiation and risk management tools.
     In 2012 the National Farmers Organization states of Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, the Institute helped sponsor another leaders session. It featured invigorating nutrition in animal rations, conservation practices, strategies for using crop insurance and marketing together and enhancing conservation practices.


Exploring Livestock Marketing Groups Using New Technology was a 2013 project the Institute was involved in evaluating. Raising livestock represents an important part of a diversified producer business plan. Marketing the livestock is an important function of a producer's profit plan.
       The project involved utilizing experienced livestock marketing and technology specialists to research and develop a marketing plan. So that individual and groups of producers could market their (mostly cattle, but including goats) livestock to buyers through a farmer-to-farmer marketing system. Readily available new technologies tools such as Ipad's Facetime, GIS, and applications for iPad's and smart phones were employed.


Bee Keeper Grant: The Institute assisted in development of an educational program and series of meetings for the Mid US Honeybee Producers Association. One component was the production of a new beekeepers
video/DVD that provides the latest information on combating varroa and tracheal mites by integrating Russian queens into colonies.


Northeast Center for Risk Management Education Grant: The Institute for Rural America provided more than $23000 in services to New York agricultural producers focused on risk management education, thanks to a grant it helped New York state National Farmers secure.
 

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Institute for Rural America
SEIZE THE MOMENT GRANTS

Purpose:

The Institute for Rural America is pleased to offer grants to assist nonprofit organizations.  They are small grants designed for groups needing to take quick action on issues that arise. These issues may call for immediate organizing or action that cannot be predicted and are not budgeted.  In some cases it is crucial to act immediately to address the issue and take advantage of an organizing or teaching opportunity.

These grants may also be use to assist nonprofit organizations the opportunity to send staff to local, regional or national training programs in their field. Grants are available to assist with conference registration fees, and are limited to one pre organization.

Maximum grant is $250. Funds are limited and when they are expended for a year, the grants will cease until the following fiscal year.

Guidelines:

Seize the moment grants are for organizing in response to an unanticipated challenge or threat to an organization’s work and/or undertaking urgent action in response to extraordinary conditions.  This response may include:


*Educational work

*Public events/rallies and or

*Time-specific special projects

These grants are not for:

*Operational or budget emergencies

*Travel, unless compelling circumstances needs travel
Grant amount:

The maximum Seize the Moment Grant is $250 and it is used within six months of receipt.  A report on how grant funds were used and spent is required within a year of receipt of the award.

To apply:

Application maybe by letter, no more than two pages and can be faxed or emailed.

The letter should include;

*Name, address, telephone & fax numbers and email address of applicant.

*Name and Federal Identification number of organization, regarding 501 © 3 status.

*Total amount requested.

*Description of the grant request, including how the continuing education opportunity will assist the organization in it efforts to serve the community.

*The need or threat, and the organization’s plan for response and action.

*How the project is unanticipated and urgent, and why quick action is needed.

*Your signature.

*Attach a copy of the completed
form.

·    Send your application to:

·    Institute for Rural America

·    PO Box 566

·    Ames, Iowa   50010

Attn. Dave Reed

Deadline;

Proposals are accepted at anytime. Recognizing these needs are immediate. The IRA will act on proposals in a timely manner. Successful applicants will be notified within 2 weeks.

If you’re interested, please contact the Institute via email at: seizetheinstitutemoment@gmail.com
 

Click here for Seize The Moment Grant Form (PDF)