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Community Viability Matching Grants

Submit a pre-proposal today to enhance community viability through grants funded by the Endowed Chair for Excellence in Community Viability.  Grants are available on a rolling deadline for initiatives to Leverage Local Agricultural Partnerships to Enhance Community Viability.

Funding priority will be given to projects that:

  • Create new community viability partnerships between CALS and communities, schools, or industry.
  • Highlight interdisciplinary work and support one or more of the funding priorities.
  • Include novelty and innovation of new ideas, programs, or initiatives.
  • Are a proof of concept and could lead to future funding.

Applications for a one or two year grants, with a maximum amount of $25,000 allotted for each year, will be accepted on a continuous submission. Proposals should range from a minimum request of $5000 to a maximum of $50,000 with a maximum of $25,000 being distributed each year. The proposals require a 100% match.  Matching resources can include personnel time, funds from other sources, and in-kind contributions. (Note: You may submit both a one-year and two-year grant proposal for the same initiative.)

Proposals should be based on the Community Viability Funding Priorities. Our funding priorities are community sentiment, capable leaders, sustainable infrastructure, and community vision, which are all interconnected constructs.

How to Apply for a Grant

Utilize this form to submit a pre-proposal.  Pre-proposals should include: project title, amount requested, project target start and end dates, a project summary, the population of service, an explanation of interdisciplinary partnerships, and an explanation of novelty.  Please see the full Call for Proposals for more information.

Examples of previously funded proposals are available at:

Please email with any additional questions regarding this opportunity.   


Rick D. Rudd
Community Viability Chair of Excellence