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Extension Risk Management Education (ERME) Competitive Grants Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Agricultural Organizations, and Agencies
for Risk Management Training and Education Programs in Eligible States

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center

Deadline Date:

11/14/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,500 and grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, Tribal Community Colleges, agricultural organizations, and agencies for risk management training and education programs for agricultural producers in eligible states. Applications will be accepted for education projects and exploratory 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.

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 potential risks, see the following link:

Applications will be accepted in two categories:

Education Projects: The Advisory Council seeks applications addressing factors that negatively impact farm profitability. Education programs that build business knowledge and resiliency to mitigate the effects of family emergencies, natural disasters (including extreme weather and climate variability), regulations, economic conditions, and other unpredictable events are priority topics. 

Exploratory Projects: Five (5) Exploratory Project awards will be available in 2020. While the Northeast Center focuses on funding projects that deliver producer education, it is also interested in supporting capacity-building efforts. The Center recognizes that in some cases piloting new programs, planning feasible program strategies, and building collaboration with key stakeholders may be necessary before effective risk management education programs can be proposed and delivered to producers. Accordingly, the Northeast Center is offering small awards to support planning, development, or pilot project activities that have as a fundamental goal the establishment of an educational program, delivery plan, and collaboration leading to a project and that could be proposed for competitive grant funding in the future.

For more information about these two categories, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162559

Number of Grants:

Approximately 60

Estimated Size of Grant:

- 2020 Education Projects (awards up to $50,000)

The Advisory Council has indicated that they believe the portfolio of educational projects in the Northeast Region can be enhanced by funding more proposals in the range of $20,000 to $30,000.

- 2020 Exploratory Projects (awards up to $3,500)

Term of Contract:

The estimated project period for awards will be 18 months beginning on April 1, 2020 and completed no later than September 30, 2021.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

- Application deadline: November 14, 2019
- Applicant notification: February 14, 2020
- Project period for successful applicants begins: April 1, 2020

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).

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.

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

Proposal resources:
DUNS Number Registration:
SAMS Registration:

Contact Information:

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

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Contacts by Region:

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

Erica B. Fields

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

Susan Olson

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

Christine Lockert

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

Jo Ann Warner

Heather Schriver

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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