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Grants to USA IHEs, Tribes, and Agencies in Multiple States
for Risk Management Training and Education Programs

Extension Risk Management Education (ERME) Competitive Grants Program

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Foundation / Corporation

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Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center

Conf. Date:

10/06/21

Deadline Date:

11/18/21 5:00 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA IHEs, tribal entities, agricultural organizations, and agencies in multiple states for risk management training and education programs for agricultural producers. Applications will be accepted for education projects as well as for producers underserved by crop insurance projects.

Eligible states include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Purpose and Priorities:

The ERME program provides funding for results and outcome-based risk management education projects designed to help producers learn and use tools and approaches that can reduce the adverse effects of the uncertainties of weather, yields, prices, credit, government policies, global markets, and other factors, including human resources and legal issues – all of which may result in wide swings in farm income or threaten the economic viability of the farm or ranch. Applications must clearly identify what the risk management results and outcomes will be for producers and how they will improve their economic viability. Applications must also develop and use measurable outcome verification to evaluate the progress that participating producers make toward achieving the proposed risk management results. 

Extension Risk Management Education Aspirational Goals and Objectives

Risk management involves taking a deliberate and knowledgeable approach to dealing with one or more of the five primary sources of agricultural risk. The ERME Program aspires to enhance farm and ranch profitability and viability by enabling producers to successfully manage these risks. Any of the five sources of risk identified for the proposed educational programming should align with its corresponding aspirational goal. For more information, see: http://www.nerme.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2022-NERME-RFA.pdf#page=5

Applications must achieve the objectives of the program by addressing one or more of the following risk management areas and topics:

  • Production Risk
  • Marketing Risk
  • Financial Risk
  • Legal Risk
  • Human Risk

For more information about the above risks, see: http://www.nerme.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2022-NERME-RFA.pdf#page=6

ERME is soliciting applications under the following program areas:

Standard Education Projects: The long-term goals for Standard Education projects are to help producers achieve risk management results and outcomes that will improve their economic viability. Key objectives are to help producers understand the risks inherent in their operation, the methods and tools available to mitigate these risks, how to effectively use these methods and tools, and how to manage risk by implementing these methods and tools. Applications must articulate the primary source(s) of risk faced by their target audience and develop training activities that will help those producers take specific actions that generate measurable results from managing these risks.

Exploratory Projects: These smaller, simplified grants are for the purpose of initiating new ideas through producer education programs which address farmer/rancher risk management education needs. Exploratory projects can be used to organize and host a producer education workshop or conference or be used for development projects that lead to application for a Standard Education project in a future year.

Producers Underserved by Crop Insurance Grants: The long-term goals for Producers Underserved by Crop Insurance projects are to enhance farm and ranch profitability and economic viability by enabling producers underserved by crop insurance to successfully manage one or more of the five primary sources of agricultural risk. Project results may include strategies other than crop insurance; however, the educational focus should align with enhanced understanding and use of crop insurance tools. Examples include recordkeeping, financial literacy, or marketing, as well as risk management strategies to use when a crop insurance program is not available or not applicable. For examples of crop insurance educational topics, see: http://www.nerme.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2022-NERME-RFA.pdf#page=8

For Regional ERME Center Priorities, see: http://www.nerme.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2022-NERME-RFA.pdf#page=8

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162559

Number of Grants:

Standard Education Projects: Each regional Center anticipates funding 12-15 new grants from this announcement, subject to the availability of funds and the quality of applications received; Producers Underserved by Crop Insurance Grants: Each regional Center anticipates funding 7-10 new grants from this announcement, subject to the availability of funds and the quality of applications received.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Education Grants
- Standard Education Projects: The maximum award will be $50,000.
- Exploratory Projects: The maximum award will be $5,000.

Producers Underserved by Crop Insurance Grants: the maximum award will be $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The estimated project period for awards will be 18 months beginning on April 1, 2022 and completed no later than September 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Entities:

1. Any public or private organization that has demonstrated experience in providing agricultural education or other agriculturally related training to producers including forestland owners. This includes, but is not limited to:
- An 1862, 1890, or 1994 land grant institution, or other institutions of higher education, including community colleges, that deliver agricultural education
- An Indian tribal community college, an Alaska Native cooperative college, an Indian tribe, or a national tribal organization
- A Hispanic-serving institution of higher education, agricultural organizations, agencies, or other entities.

2. Individuals are not eligible applicants.

For a list of unallowable costs, see the RFA:
http://www.nerme.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2022-NERME-RFA.pdf#page=30

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Northeast Center will conduct an Applicant Webinar covering the funding opportunities on October 6, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST. Please join to learn more about the RFAs and application process. There is no fee to participate, however please register by sending an email. Information regarding how to join the webinar will be emailed to registered participants.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Application deadline: November 18, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST
- Applicant notification: February 11, 2022
- Project period for successful applicants begins: April 1, 2022

Applications must be submitted to Extension Risk Management’s Results Verification System (RVS) website by 5:00:59 PM (EST) on November 18, 2021. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding.

All applications must be submitted through the Extension Risk Management online Results Verification System (RVS). First-time applicants will be required to register in the RVS through their respective regional ERME Center’s website.

DUNS Number and SAM Registration:
In accordance with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) and the USDA implementation, all applicants must obtain and provide an identifying number from Dun and Bradstreet’s Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). Applicants can receive a DUNS number, at no cost, by visiting the D&B website at http://www.dnb.com/.

In addition, FFATA requires applicants to register with the System for Award Management (SAM), formerly known as the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). This registration must be maintained and updated annually. Applicants can register or update their profile, at no cost, by visiting the SAM website at http://www.sam.gov/.

Multi-regional projects are permitted, but an applicant seeking funding from more than one region must submit a separate application to each regional ERME Center for which their project is relevant.

All applicants will be notified, by email, with confirmation of receipt of the application by ERME RVS.

Project Director Training:
All Project Directors (PDs) receiving their first ERME grant award are required to attend a Project Directors' Training. Each ERME Center will conduct a separate training meeting for their respective regions. If training attendance is not possible, the PD must contact their regional Center in order to receive the required information and fulfill the contractual obligations of the grant. Although only PDs new to ERME are required to attend, all PDs are welcome and encouraged to participate. Regional Centers will share additional information following the award announcements.

Proposal Resources: http://extensionrme.org/Resources.aspx#RVS

Instructions for Exploratory Project Application: http://www.nerme.org/special-instructions-for-completing-the-exploratory-project-application/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: http://rvs.umn.edu/Home.aspx

Register for the applicant webinar by sending an email to mmccull@udel.edu.

Questions or comments regarding the RFA may be directed to Laurie Wolinski (lgw@udel.edu) or Michelle McCullough (mmccull@udel.edu).

Program Contacts:

Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
Ron Rainey, Director
2301 South University Ave
Little Rock, AR 72204

Contact: Erica B. Fields at 501-671-2146 or efields@uada.edu

Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center
University of Delaware
Laurie Wolinski, Director
112 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716-2130

Contact: Michelle McCullough at 302-831-6621 or mmccull@udel.edu

North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Brad Lubben, Director
303 Filley Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583

Contact: Christine Lockert at 402-472-2039 or clockert2@unl.edu

Western Extension Risk Management Education Center
Washington State University Extension
Shannon Neibergs, Director
222 N. Havana
Spokane, WA 99202

Contact: Jo Ann Warner at 509-477-2168 or warnerj@wsu.edu; Heather Schriver at 541-891-9190 or hschriver@wsu.edu

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Delaware;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   Vermont;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

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