Public Lands Council Grant Opportunities

The Public Lands Council offers funding on a competitive basis to projects that address areas of importance to the public lands grazing industry. These areas often include scientific questions raised during the course of the previous year, upcoming issues the organization intends to address, and other projects that support the cultural, economic, and ecological nature of a ranching enterprise. These areas, and specific questions, are identified each year by the Public Lands Council Board of Directors.

Application Process

The Fiscal Year 2022 grant awards are intended to support projects from September 2021 through September 2022. Click HERE for the full Request for Proposal and click HERE for the application.

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted to later than Friday, July 16, 2021.

This year, the PLC Board of Directors identified the following issues for successful applicants to consider:

  1. Carbon storage
    • What impacts do invasive annual grasses like cheatgrass and ventenata have on the carbon storage potential of an ecosystem? 
    • How does livestock grazing (cattle or sheep) interact with carbon storage, organic matter volume, and other environmental/climactic metrics on public lands? 
    • What is the best way to measure carbon storage potential on federal public lands, including grazing allotments, that accounts for impacts from other multiple uses? 
  1. Livestock and Wildlife
    • Are there demonstrable interactions between public lands grazing, and wildlife habitat and/or migration patterns? 
  1. Multiple use
    • Material/producer tool creation for education, awareness, improvement of resolving multiple use conflicts on grazing allotments
  1. Wildfire
    • How can grazing be applied to decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfire, or decrease the intensity of wildfire?
    • How does grazing affect carbon emissions/particulate matter dispersal during a catastrophic wildfire?
    • How can livestock be used as a tool to improve post-fire land management outcomes?

Projects that address other industry-related needs may be considered by the PLC Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact Allie Nelson (anelson@beef.org) with any questions.