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.


PLC is currently accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2023 grant awards, which will support projects from Sept. 2022-Sept. 2023.

Click here to view the full Request for Proposal, which includes application instructions, this year’s research questions, and important dates. Please review the whole document thoroughly.

In addition to the Request for Proposal, applications should download and review the rubric that PLC will use to evaluate proposals and the guidelines for distribution of awards. Please note: administrative costs should not exceed 7.5% of the total funding request.

Important Dates

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted no later than Monday, June 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Other dates to make note of:

  • April 11, 2022: RFP opens.
  • June 1, 2022: Applicant webinar at 1:00 pm ET / 11:00 am MT / 10:00am PT. Please email Justyn (jtedder@beef.org) to receive the Zoom link.
  • June 6, 2022: Applications due.
  • July 27, 2022: Presenter invitations issued.
  • August 24, 2022: Presentations at the PLC Board Meeting in Cody, Wyoming.
  • August 31, 2022: Notification of award status.

What Are We Looking For?

PLC’s specific needs change from year to year in response to emerging issues our members are seeing on the ground, new legislative or regulatory proposals in Washington, changing ecological conditions, etc. Both new and returning applicants should review this section carefully; do not assume that everything is the same as last year.

Competitive proposals will address the following questions, that speak to how the project aligns with our goals for the PLC grant program.

Our Program Priorities

  • How, in your view, does this project support PLC’s goal of defending and advancing the future of grazing on public lands, and working cooperatively with federal agencies and other stakeholders toward that goal?
  • What form will the finished product of this project take?
  • Do you plan to leverage the finished product outside of your collaboration with the Public Lands Council? If so, how?
    • For scientific papers, please describe your plan for getting this work published.
    • For scientific papers and other research products, please describe any potential collaborations, presentations, or other sharing of this work that you hope to do outside of PLC.
    • For commercial products, please describe whether you intend to sell the product in the private sector and whether you would be willing to negotiate royalties
  • All PLC grants, without exception, are for one fiscal year of funding. We do consider, and have awarded grants in the past, to applicants who clearly explain the single-year PLC funding as part of a multiyear project. PLC welcomes reapplication in subsequent years of a multiyear project but will not provide funding for multiple years in a single application. Please speak to the realistic timeline of your project.

Additionally, competitive proposals will demonstrate their ability to meaningfully address one or more of the questions below.

FY23 Questions

  • How do healthy rangelands contribute to carbon sequestration? Is rangeland health (resiliency, biodiversity, etc.) directly correlated with carbon storage?
    • Conversely, what is the impact on carbon sequestration when a rangeland ecosystem is dominated by annual invasive plant species?
  • What impact is the increased occurrence of catastrophic wildfire having on:
    • The ecological health, resiliency, and biodiversity of public lands – particularly in unique ecosystems like riparian areas?
    • The economic health and sustainability of rural communities?
    • The public health of rural communities and residents in the wildland-urban interface?
  • To what extent, if any, could the impact that catastrophic wildfires have on people and landscapes across the West be mitigated by rapid initial contact in firefighting, increased prevention efforts, improved post-fire restoration efforts, or other improvements to federal agencies’ fire protocols?
  • What ecological impact is increased recreation on public lands having on other uses such as grazing and wildlife conservation?
  • What socioeconomic impact is increased recreation on public lands having on ranching communities and rural counties?
  • What gaps in personnel or policy need to be filled at the federal agency level in order to adequately manage the side effects of the increase in recreational use of public lands?
  • What is the holistic economic impact of increased recreation on both the federal tax base and on the local rural communities who experience this increase in recreational traffic?
    • What portion of revenue from recreational use of public lands is ultimately spent or invested within the municipality or county where the recreation took place?
  • What is the holistic economic cost of listing a species under the Endangered Species Act?
  • What is the holistic economic cost of designating a National Monument or expanding the footprint of an existing Monument?

In addition to these specific research questions, PLC will also consider proposals related to promotion, marketing, or other industry-related needs on a case-by-case basis.


If you have any questions, please contact Sigrid Johannes (sjohannes@beef.org) or Justyn Tedder (jtedder@beef.org). The PLC staff is also reachable at (202) 347-0228.