the Sheep Center offer Grants for Goat projects?
Originally the authorization and reauthorization of the National Sheep
Industry Improvement Center (Sheep Center) called for grants to be
offered to both the sheep and goat industries. That requirement is still
in effect today. However, the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills did not
authorize any funding specifically for the Sheep Center. Therefore there
is no money to provide grants via that avenue. However, the Sheep
Center is authorized to remain open and ready as long as there are funds
in the bank account. Should there be authorized money specifically for
the Sheep Center then we will once again offer Grants to the goat as
well as the sheep industry.
At present the Center has been awarded a Grant from the Secretary of
Agriculture to benefit the US Sheep Industry. That Grant is the source
of the funding for the Center to pass along only to the Sheep Industry
in the form of competitive grants. Therefore no
funding is available for goat programs at this time.
National Sheep Industry Improvement Center
Address: PO BOX 646
Rockland, ME 04841
What are the
Grant due dates, deadlines and Grant amount limits?
Q & A
The deadline for submission is set
yearly by the NSIIC Board. This year (2019) the call for proposals and the deadline for submission
was set. July 1, 2019
through September 15, 2019. The announcement is published on
this site as well as various industry media. When published you need to read carefully that announcement.
There is no dollar amount limit
however, the average
grant amount over the last four years has been approx $29,000.
Does the NSIIC
have a required format for submission?
The application is available for
www.nsiic.org . you may download
either a fillable pdf or a fillable word document. We request
that you use that form and tailor your responses to the space
provided. You should save that document to your computer and submit
via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org in either format.
Who is eligible to apply?
An eligible entity means any entity
that promotes the betterment of the U.S. sheep industries including
LLC's, partnerships, corporations, cooperative organizations,
associations, a federally recognized Indian Tribes and public or
quasi-public agencies. The entity may be operated as a for-profit or a
not-for-profit entity. Applicant must have credentials
demonstrating expertise in project content. Applications submitted
by an individual are not allowed.
What is the
duration of projects?
All projects will have approximately
eighteen months to be completed. However, if there are circumstances that
warrant a longer time period, you may request a no cost extension.
How can I determine if
my planned project is acceptable?
Please refer to the Strategic Plan (www.nsiic.org/2019-Strategic-Plan.htm)
as well as the Funding
Priorities for eligible projects and types of projects the Board is looking to
All projects will be reviewed by the Committee.
Do I need a Catalog of
Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number.
The NSIIC does not require that a
CFDA number be assigned to these projects.
Are matching funds
Matching funds are not required.
However, applicants that verify the availability of matching funds are
given priority when the grants are being scored by the Board.
How often does the NSIIC
have a call for proposals?
Historically the NSIIC has had one
round of grants per year. At the present time there is no
indication that the process will be altered. Please check the
web site periodically throughout the spring and summer for the
Does NSIIC favor
institutions over private enterprise?
NSIIC has no preference in making an
award to any type of entity.
What are my chances
of getting funded?
There is variation from year to year,
but the blended average rate of success for applicants is 28.57%.
to the 7.5% total award overhead limit (direct/indirect
funds) – can unrecovered funds be designated as in-kind
Unrecovered indirect costs are not
an allowable source of matching funds.
the NSIIC grants designed for non-profits only?
All entities are eligible whether
for-profit or not for profit. The determining
factor will be the content of the project and how it
helps the industry as well as how well it fits
into the guides outlined in the Strategic Plan and
the Priorities List.
you accept applications after the
Applications received in the NSIIC
Office after the deadline will not be opened
but will be returned to the applicant without
review or comment.