Grant applications opened on September 15, 2023. This application is for pre-qualification in the CARAT Project conducted by Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and partners with funding from the Partnerships for Climate Commodities, an initiative of the USDA. CARAT will provide funding to identify and implement climate-smart practices that will benefit your farm operation. The participating farms will be selected through a three-step process: 1) pre-qualification, 2) development of climate-smart plans for all pre-qualified farms, 3) and selection of implementation farms based on submitted Climate Smart Plan (nearly 70 farms over 5 years). Once your farm goes through the pre-qualification process, a technical service provider will be assigned to help your farm identify climate-smart practices and develop an implementation plan fitting to your operation. Your plan will be presented to the CARAT Review Committee to be considered as one of the farms receiving funding toward implementation.

NOTE:  Dairy farms with 35 lactating cows or more or custom dairy heifer facilities with 100 or more dairy heifers that have a 1) Ag E&S or conservation plan and 2) manure management or nutrient management plan in place (two total plans) are eligible to apply.

Pre-qualification does not guarantee your farm will be approved as one of the final CARAT participants. You will be notified whether you have been accepted in the pre-qualification upon review of your application. Data provided in this form is confidential and will only be shared with authorized personnel within the project.

Once you are pre-qualified and approved for a CSPlan, we will be reaching out to have you complete a volunteer survey.  Someone from the Center will be reaching out to complete the survey.

Climate Smart Grant Application

  • Climate-Smart Grant (CARAT) 2024-2025 Pre-Qualifying Application
  • Please provide the following data for the current month:
  • For this information, see December’s settlement check that you should have received mid-January.
  • Do you practice any of the following? If you have other information to share about one of the items, please include it in the “other” field.
  • Once you are pre-approved for a Climate Smart Plan, someone from the Center will be reaching out to have you complete a voluntary survey. Since this program is funded through a USDA grant, this survey will help us document demographic and socio-demographic information about participants for purposes of the grant.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.