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2017 Safety Grants

ASHCA Safety Grants Program 2017
Call for Proposals

The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of  America (ASHCA) is seeking applications for the 2017 Safety Grants.

The purpose of the ASHCA Safety Grants Program is to encourage and provide financial support for selected agricultural safety and health interventions at the local and/or regional level to provide useful and practical education, training, and/or communication tools that can be shared widely with the agricultural community to facilitate timely application of evidence-based safety/health strategies to protect all agricultural workers. Grants may be awarded for practical safety research, development of safety programs, research to study causes or interventions in specific agricultural settings, development of education or communication programs, as well as for professional development programs targeting both agricultural producers/businesses and agricultural safety and health professionals.  All grants must be targeted so that the end results or products can be duplicated, modified as needed, and freely shared by ASHCA with interested agricultural parties on a national basis.

LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: December 15, 2016 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 4, 2017

 

ELIGIBILITY:

Applications must be preceded by submitting an online formal letter of intent to ASHCA no later than December 15, 2016.

  • Applicants are expected to be engaged in agriculture production or related businesses, education/training and/or research. The key contact (principal) will generally meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • farm/agribusiness owner (producer, direct supplier, Coop or direct buyer/servicer of agricultural production operations;
    • first-responder or other health/safety entities directly engaged agricultural production or related business;
    • agricultural association;
    • agribusiness risk manager or safety advisor;
    • safety or public health instructor or researcher; and/or
    • an agricultural youth organization representative.
  • Applicants must have the capability to conduct the proposed activities within the time frame described in the proposal.
  • Membership in ASHCA is not a requirement but is encouraged.
  • Preference is given to projects that are not typically funded by federal/state grants.
  • The key contact must be a U.S. resident.
  • Although matching funds are not required, proposals that include significant cost-sharing through documentable self-funding or sweat-equity, and/or matching grants will be given strong consideration.
  • Only one application per organization/entity is allowed each year.
  • In cases where the application represents a partnership between organizations/individuals, there must be one designee as the key contact to receive grant funds and submit required reports.
  • Applicants will be required to agree to quarterly reporting, timely completion of the project, and to make results and products freely available for sharing with the broader agricultural community by ASHCA.

PRIORITY TOPICS:
With a theme of “strengthening partnerships for safety” the priority for ASHCA’s grants are:

  • Programs that encourage building a broad culture of safety in agricultural enterprises by engaging both management and workers in the planning and implementation of successful injury reduction programs.
  • “Hands-on” training initiatives that will increase all workers’ adoption of proven safety practices and be sustained beyond the grant period.
  • Programs that facilitate and encourage widespread sharing of agricultural safety and health initiatives and whose product can be widely communicated, shared, and implemented.
  • Programs that encourage continuing professional education and development, as well as encouraging next-generations to participate in agricultural safety and health careers.
  • Initiatives that reach everyone, at every job level and role, in the agricultural workforce.

RESTRICTIONS:

  • ASHCA funds shall be allocated for grant recipients to implement programs and interventions that promise to demonstrate practicality, effectiveness, and broad transferability.
  • In some situations, it will be necessary to modify an existing resource/program for a target population and an explanation and justification for this should be included in the application.
  • ASHCA funds will not be allocated to address rural recreational issues and are not intended for creating new education resources, e.g. videotapes, brochures, where similar products currently exist.
  • All program work and research must be conducted in full compliance with all legal, regulatory, and ethical intent considerations including implementing all applicable safety and health measures. All materials, tools, protective equipment, and implements involved must incorporate acceptable safety and health standards and practices including but not limited to training & documentation for all workers and participants and full compliance with any/all operator manuals or other directions for use.
  • ASHCA grant funds are not intended for the development of commercial products/services for the ultimate benefit of the grantee.

Questions regarding restricted topics can be directed to info@ashca.org