Sustainable Grazing Initiative
Grant Program Description and Goals
The Cedar Tree Foundation supports the expansion of regenerative grazing practices as a strategy to improve soil health and address the threat of climate change. Regenerative grazing is a valuable tool that can help land managers to increase their soil organic matter and overall soil health, thereby achieving multiple environmental benefits while increasing their resilience to floods and droughts. These environmental benefits include reduced erosion and runoff from farm fields, increased biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and increased carbon sequestration.
By increasing the number of farmers, ranchers and other land managers using regenerative grazing practices, the Cedar Tree Foundation aims to achieve broad recognition by farmers of the value of regenerative grazing for building soil health. As more acres benefit from regenerative grazing, there will also be more evidence and advocates to support the policy changes needed to incentivize regenerative grazing.
As a national program of the Cedar Tree Foundation, the Sustainable Grazing for Soil Health Initiative will provide significant support to a small number of not-for-profit organizations that are expanding the adoption of regenerative grazing practices in the USA. This new initiative will begin with a focus on two regions: the Upper Midwest and the Northeast; these may shift over time. Projects with national implications will also be considered.
We welcome Letters of Inquiry for work that will:
- Expand the number of farmers & ranchers adopting regenerative grazing practices, including the next generation of grazing practitioners
- Train and empower farmers as advocates and effective spokespeople for regenerative grazing
- Make regenerative grazing visible at the local level
- Increase the cultural acceptance of grazing as a valuable tool for soil health
- Increase land access for grazing practitioners, via public lands and land trust properties
- Quantify the true costs and benefits of regenerative v. conventional management to give land managers a clearer understanding of the effect of their choices
Grant Program Logistics
- Cedar Tree plans to award 3-4 grants per year in 2017, 2018 and 2019. These highly competitive grants will be 3-year grants with an award size of $100,000-$200,000 per year, with the possibility of renewal for an additional 3 years. These grants will be project support grants.
- Current and past Cedar Tree grantees are encouraged to apply for this funding.
How to Apply
We are accepting LOIs starting on July 15, 2017 through September 15, 2017. Grants for this cycle will be awarded in November or December 2017. Timing of the 2018 grant cycle has yet to be determined.
The Cedar Tree Foundation only funds registered 501 (c3) non-profit organizations for work in the United States.