2016 County Farm Safety Grants

The University of Wisconsin Center for Agricultural Safety and Health announces the availability of $ 19,200 to award grants for sponsoring farm safety and health education, training or informational programs. Grants will be awarded for amounts up to $500.00 per county with groups securing or providing equal matching funds. Proposals are due  by March 21, 2016. Applications postmarked after the due date will not be considered for funding unless funds are still available.

Application guidelines and application form are available here:  2016 CFSG application guidelines 2.19.16   2016 CFSG Application w budget form

These grants will help county consortia sponsor programs focusing on farm safety and health prevention efforts. Priority will continue for use with Wisconsin Safe Operation of Tractor and Machinery Certification Programs. Funds may also be used for programs such as:

  • occupational safety and health training for employees or farm family members;
  • hazard inspections training for farm operators  and  employees.
  • emergency personnel training for farm accident rescue;
  • farm safety day camps or school programs for youth;
  • programs on operating agricultural equipment on public highways and
  • public policy forum on agricultural safety and health.

These funds may not be used for food, T-shirts or salary. Use of the funds for just consumable items at a one-time program will not be favorably reviewed. In reviewing the grants for selection, an important criterion is the use of funds towards the development of a sustainable farm safety education effort.

The programs are to be developed in consultation with county extension personnel, agricultural education instructors, public health personnel, or other persons with expertise or interest in farm safety topics.

Availability of Funds:

Each county may receive grants totaling not more than $500 per year.

County consortia are to secure or provide equal matching funds (dollar-for-dollar match) from private or public sources.  Wisconsin Act 455 does provide authorization to county boards for providing matching funds for county dollars.

In-kind matches such as printing, telephone charges, or provided materials can total no more than 50% of the matching funds.  Staff time/salaries cannot be used for matching funds.

Multiple-county grant applications will be accepted.  Counties may combine to acquire resources such as displays or equipment that would not be feasible to purchase or develop on an individual county basis.  Multiple-county applications must identify one lead group for administration of funds and reporting.


The grants will be awarded in March 2016.  Activities and final reports must be completed by December 31, 2016.

Lead Group:

County consortia must identify a lead group.  The lead group will be responsible for administering the grant, completing the final report, and receiving the payment of funds.

Proposal Format:

In order for a proposal to be accepted for review, it must include the following items:

1.   Cover Page with original signature (form provided)

2.   Statement of Need

3.   Objectives of Program

4.   Major Activities (Procedures)

5.   Timeline including starting and completion date

6.   Key Organizations, Representatives and Responsibilities

7.   Evaluation – How will you evaluate to show your objectives were met and the impact on participants?

8.   Explanation of budget and matching funds – be specific on use of in-kind matches

9.   Budget Form (Use the form provided.  This form is needed separate from item 8.)

The matching funds are to be a dollar-for-dollar match for the grant amount requested.  If the grant amount requested is $500, then the total of the program matching funds and in-kind matching must equal $500.  Program matching funds are actual dollars from collaborating organizations, participant fees, county boards or sponsorships, etc.  In-kind matching are contributed services or materials with an attached dollar value.  This includes items like printing, telephone charges, or use of tractors or other equipment.

Reporting Requirements:

A final report is required.  This report will include evaluation results and will be due by December 31, 2015.  Counties previously receiving grants must have final reports in for each year that a grant was awarded before receiving 2016 funding.


Submit two single-sided copies.  Type size should be no smaller than 12-point type.  Binders, tabs, and special covers should be omitted.

Application Deadlines:

Proposals are due by March 21, 2016. Applications postmarked after the due date will not be considered for funding unless funds are still available.

Application Receipt Point:

Mail two signed copies to:

UW Center for Agricultural Safety and Health

ATTN: Cheryl Skjolaas

460 Henry Mall

Madison, WI  53706

For Further Information, Contact:

Cheryl A. Skjolaas, Interim Director

UW Center for Agricultural Safety and Health

460 Henry Mall, Madison, WI  53706

Phone:  608-265-0568          fax:  608-262-1228

E-mail:  skjolaas@wisc.edu


2016 CFSG application guidelines 2.19.16 provides further details on applying for the 2015 County Farm Safety grants.  See 2016 CFSG Application w budget form for grant cover page and budget form.


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