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Grants to USA Agencies, CBOs, Institutions, and Tribes to Address
COVID-19 Related Effects on Children in Agricultural Settings

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Marshfield Clinic Research Institute - National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS) - Emerging Issues Program (EIP)

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Grants to USA community-based organizations, government agencies, institutions, and tribal governments to address Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues that have affected children in agricultural environments. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal. The project must address or influence parents and adults, not just children.


The Emerging Issues Program (EIP) of the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS) supports emerging health and safety concerns of children working on, living in, or visiting agricultural environments. In particular, the program strives for a rapid response to explore, test, implement, or recommend strategies that are likely to identify causes, effects, and prevention interventions in response to new or unresolved/complex problems.


For 2021, the EIP will focus on documenting, intervening, and otherwise exploring COVID-19 related impacts upon children in and around agricultural settings. The COVID-19 pandemic has left an indelible mark on the global society and continues to affect people's lives through 2021. U.S. agriculture as both an occupational and social-cultural sector is not an exception. However, the impacts of the pandemic are likely unique in how they affect youth living and working on farms as well as children of farmers and farmworkers. The impacts are not limited to the SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission and possible COVID-19 infection. These also include, but are not limited to, economic distress, fluctuating status of schooling and childcare available to farmworkers and farm families, the loss or change of after-school activities or parents’ employment, stress and mental health, loss of healthcare access or insurance coverage, and other related matters.

Highest funding priority will be given to projects that address emerging health and safety needs of children, especially those that address emerging issues related to the impact of COVID-19. Other means to determine priority include:

  1. Impact on special/vulnerable populations
  2. Public/organizational policies that safeguard youth in agriculture
  3. Leverage of existing NCCRAHS resources (e.g., AgInjuryNews, Youth Work Guidelines, Agritourism safety materials, Child Ag Safety and Health Workshops) and/or networks (e.g., Child Agricultural Safety Network)

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GrantWatch ID#: 198521

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $25,000 for research studies and up to $15,000 for non-research projects.

Term of Contract:

All funds should be expended by September 29, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community-based organizations, public or private institutions, units of local or state government, or tribal government throughout the United States are eligible to apply for funds. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with NIOSH Agricultural Research Centers[2] or universities on project design and evaluation, when reasonable and applicable.

- Projects not specific to children and agriculture will not be funded
- Projects limited to education programs only for children will not be funded

*Note: The terms “Child”, “Children”, and “Childhood” refers to persons

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of intent are due October 1, 2021. Full applications are due November 1, 2021. Only one applicant per organization will be awarded in a fiscal year. The EIP Director, Bryan Weichelt, PhD, or designee will notify applicants of award decision by November 10, 2021.

Applicants must initially submit a one-page Letter of Intent by October 1 that includes the project goals, objectives, and key personnel. If the project concept is deemed to have merit, the applicant will be invited (by October 7) to submit a full proposal.

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

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Send your completed proposal via email to:

For programmatic questions (priority topics, fundable ideas, potential collaborators), please contact Emerging Issues Program Director, Bryan Weichelt, PhD
Phone: 1-800-662-6900.

If you have questions not answered by the FAQ page, or if you have questions regarding the funding process (e.g. budgets), please contact NCCRAHS Administrator, Kathie Smith.
Phone: 1-800-662-6900

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