Grant applications open 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.
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.