Due Date: 02/15/21
Funder: University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
About University of California Agriculture Research and Education Program
The University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (UC SAREP) is a statewide program of the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR). UC SAREP envisions a food and farming system that:
- Supports resilience through diversified production, marketing, and distribution systems
- Values all food system workers and supports their physical, economic, and social wellbeing
- Contributes to the health and vitality of both urban and rural communities
- Is environmentally regenerative, using resources for production and distribution in a way that protects the environment in trust for future generations, including under changing climate conditions
- Is culturally responsive and reflects the ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity of California
About the Opportunity
UC SAREP will fund projects that fall within two priority areas:
- Support California’s farmers and ranchers of all scales in identifying, piloting, and transitioning to:
- Environmentally regenerative approaches to producing crops and livestock (including but not limited to soil health, organic and agroecological practices, integrated pest management, crop diversification).
- Pathways for realizing economic return from ecologically-sound crop management practices and fair labor practices.
- Marketing and distribution strategies that support diversified and decentralized supply chains.
- Strategies that increase active community engagement in food and farming systems.
- Support California’s rural and urban communities to identify, implement, and evaluate strategies to:
- Expand access to healthy, sustainably produced, culturally appropriate foods
- Ensure worker wellbeing across the food chain
- Minimize the community and environmental costs of food production and distribution
- Strengthen connections between consumers and producers
Priority will be given to projects that benefit socially disadvantaged communities and/or socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. A map of disadvantaged communities in California can be found at here. A “socially disadvantaged group” means a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender discrimination. These groups include the following: African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, Female farmers and ranchers (2020 Report to the California Legislature on the Farmer Equity Act).
Eligible applicants include California-based farm or food system businesses and those affiliated with California non-profit, tax-exempt organizations, state and local government agencies, and California public and private institutions of higher education. “California non-profit, tax-exempt organization” is defined as any organization which is operating in California and legally exempt from taxes imposed by the California Franchise Tax Board’s revenue and taxation codes. UC SAREP staff are not eligible to participate as an investigator or cooperator on any project.
Priority is also given to projects that foster cross-collaborations between multiple types of applicants, contributing to a unified approach in addressing core areas of concern. For example, partnerships may involve farmers/ranchers working with agricultural or food system professionals. These professionals can include staff of community groups and/or non-profit organizations, public agencies, UC Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, and researchers at community colleges or other institutions of higher education. Any of these partners can be the lead applicant organization. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Proposals are due February 15, 2021.