National Sheep Industry Improvement Center
 Announces Requests for Proposals

July 1, 2021


The National Sheep Industry Improvement Centerís Board of Directors announces that it is accepting grant proposals from July 1 through Sept. 15, 2021. The grants must be designed to improve the U.S. sheep industry.

The Sheep Center has budgeted about $300,000 to support projects consistent with the grant program. The average grant amount over the last four years has been about $29,000. Financial assistance provided by the Sheep Center must accomplish one or more of the following objectives:

1.  Strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States through the improvement of infrastructure, business, resource development and the development of innovative approaches to solve long term problems.

2.  Provide leadership training and education to the industry stakeholders.

3.  Enhance sheep and sheep products in the United States through assistance to all segments of the industry to address sustainable production and marketing of sheep and sheep products.

4.  Promote marketing of sheep and sheep products through an organized method that can measure tangible results.

5.  Enhance the sheep industry by coordinating information exchange and by seeking mutual understanding and marketing within the industry community.


The Sheep Center will review each proposal, recommend funding and submit final recommendations to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for approval.

For more information about applying for a grant, contact Program Manager Steve Lee at (207) 236-6567 or, or send mail to National Sheep Industry Improvement Center; 1578 Spring Water Way, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129

The Sheep Center was established as part of the 2008 Farm Bill and was awarded funding by AMS to be used for the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. Grant funding can be used on activities designed to strengthen and enhance the production or marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States through infrastructure development, business development, production, resource development, and market and environmental research.

Additional information about the Sheep Center is available on the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center website .


The NSIIC Board reserves the right to fund special projects when the Board, after receiving industry input, determines that a critical issue needs to be addressed.