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WCO launches Mini-grant program
Posted On: July 07, 2020

New this year, WCO created a mini-grant program designed to provide smaller, more flexible awards to assist with important projects or programs that will ultimately benefit the custom farming community and the ag community as a whole. The WCO board feels strongly that it is important to invest in great people and innovative ideas. Thanks to the support of WCO members and sponsors, the organization is in a strong financial position and it’s important to put those dollars to good use. To learn more about the mini-grant program and to download the application, go to the Mini-grant page of the WCO website
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The first grant cycle will begin February 2020 at the WCO Annual Meeting at the Forage Symposium.

Project funding:
Awards range from $500-$5,000. Funding is available as soon as application is approved by the WCO Scholarship and Awards Committee. Funds are distributed as follows: 50% upon application approval and 50% upon receipt of final report.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Project duration/final report:
Final reports are due by Dec. 31 of the year following the award. Awardees may be required to present project at Forage Symposium or other alternative venue if unable to present at Symposium. Final reports and photos will be used as newsletter content.

Selection priority:
Priority is given to projects that:
  • Directly benefit the custom farming community
  • Involve custom farmers or clients of custom farmers
  • Involve post-secondary student research or organization opportunities
  • Emphasize farm safety and health, leadership, teamwork, sustainability, innovation or community involvement
Who can apply:
  • University/technical college faculty, staff, students, student organizations
  • Non-profit organization, with an IRS status of 501(c)(3) or (c)(5)
  • Others as deemed appropriate by the WCO Scholarship and Awards Committee
Examples of programs we will consider funding:
  • Funding for student researchers or other staff as part of larger project
  • Costs associated with hosting an event, research symposium, farmer meeting etc.
  • Speaker travel, per diem, honorarium, continuing education or other expenses
  • Incentive funds for farmers/custom farmers to try new practices
What we will not consider funding:
  • Political or social organizations
  • Endowments
  • Artistic or religious programs
  • Loans, start-up expenses or seed capital funding for private businesses
  • Building projects
Grant criteria:
The WCO Scholarship and Awards Committee will evaluate proposals based on shareability, replicability, leadership, impact etc.

Contact us with any questions at (608) 577-4345 or execdir@wiscustomoperators.org. Download the application on the Mini-grant section of the WCO website


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