Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program

To carry out research, education and on-farm demonstration projects which support sustainable agriculture or agricultural management systems that maintain profitability while protecting the environment.

Competitive grants may be awarded to individuals for up to $10,000. Units of government, non-profit groups, institutions or organizations may receive non-matching grants of up to $50,000 per project in any one year. Multi-year grants will be considered for three consecutive years of funding. Grant monies are available in four program areas: on-farm research and demonstration; outreach and education; university research; and training and education.

Any unit of government, organization, educational institution, non-profit group or individual is eligible to receive funding through the Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program provided they can demonstrate: (1) an understanding of sustainable agriculture practices and systems, and (2) the ability and skills to carry out the project in a timely and professional manner. Cooperative projects with two or more organizations are encouraged. Successful projects should include a method to disseminate information to the agriculture community and the public, and to provide information on the social, economic and environmental benefits of the project.

Proposals, which are accepted annually in the early fall, will be reviewed by a selection committee. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of the calendar year.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will enter into a written grant agreement with successful applicants. The grant agreement will specify the terms and conditions of the grant including project duration, funding amount, payment schedule, timetable for submitting interim and final reports, and other necessary administrative or statutory requirements.

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Contact Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program

Contact Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program

Illinois Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Land and Water Resources
801 Sangamon Avenue
State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281
Springfield, Illinois  62794
Phone: (217) 782-6297
Fax: (217) 557-0993


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Illinois