Opportunities for Grant Funding
Federal grazing permittees face unique political, environmental, and economic challenges that set them apart from livestock producers in other regions of the country. They are also uniquely positioned at the nexus of many of the most pressing policy concerns of our time – wildfire mitigation, water access and quality, rangeland and soil health, carbon sequestration, wildlife conservation and management, safeguarding the future of multiple use on federal lands, to name just a few. Public lands ranchers form the backbone of many rural communities and local economies, play a vital role in our national food supply chain, and lead the way in innovative and responsible stewardship of landscapes across the West.
The Public Lands Council grant program offers funding on a competitive basis to projects that can help equip PLC with the tools to advance and improve the future of grazing on public lands. Priority areas for funding are identified each year by the Board of Directors, and can include scientific research, communications campaigns, and business development projects.
FY24 Application Process
PLC will begin accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2024 grant awards on April 11, 2023. The RFP will remain open for about two months, closing in early June. At about the halfway point, PLC staff will hold an applicant or prospective applicant webinar to answer any questions that may help you strengthen your proposal, clarify the expectations of the Board, etc.
Note: Applicant Q&A postponed to May 11.
Final-round applicants will be notified in mid July and invited to present their proposal in person at the PLC Board Meeting in Pendleton, Oregon on September 5, 2023. (Zoom presentations will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.)
Applicants will be notified about their final award status in mid September.
For a full timeline, overview of the process, and background on what the Board is looking for, please carefully review the RFP and Application document.