Smith-Lever Special Needs Program (SLSNCGP)

Over the years USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has, through the Smith-Lever Special Needs Program, made competitive funds available to State Extension Service at 1862 land-grant institutions to address emergency preparedness and specific responses related to natural and man-made disasters. The funds must be matched 100 percent by the institution. Although the Request for Application (RFA) has not been released for 2014, it’s time to think about developing your proposal.

Ken HellevangWithout the SLSN funding, we would not have been able to hire a grad student and would not have been able to make the progress we’ve made. In addition, we were able to bring the team together for a very productive face-to-face meeting. – Ken Hellevang, Flood NEIL co-leader and PI on a 2012 funded project (National EDEN Issue Leaders: Flooding Educational Support)

Awards last year went to Andrea Higdon (KY) Improving Whole Community Animal and Agriculture Preparedness; Conne Burnham (MO) COAD Guidance Manual Education and Employment; Mara Bacsujlaky (AK) Rural Alaska Citizens Emergency Preparedness; A. Davis (KY) ReadyCommunity Stage Two; Becky Koch (ND) Smartphone & Tablet Apps for Business Disaster Preparedness & Recovery; Dee Jepsen (OH) Electronic Emergency Planning and Preparedness Education for Agritourism and Direct Marketing Enterprises; and Kim Cassel (SD) Community Capacity Building Program for Drought Response.

As you can see from this list, the awards were made to institutions across the country and for widely varied projects related to disaster preparedness. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these projects, you can see the brief or the full abstract by going here. I’m sure any of the principle investigators will also be happy to talk to you about the process and their project.

You should also talk with EDEN Chair Rick Atterberry to discuss ways your project idea can be extended through EDEN.

Beverly Samuel is NIFA liaison to EDEN and NIFA contact for the Smith-Lever Special Needs Program.  Last year’s solicitation opened April 24 and had a closing date of May 31 with an estimated total program funding of $462,000.

Does your idea match the criteria for a Smith-Lever Special Needs grant? Be ready when the call for proposals is announced!