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WSARE Professional Development Program Details and Guidelines

Intent and Target Audience

The CSU Extension WSARE PDP is intended to increase knowledge of sustainable agriculture relevant to Colorado and drive practice change for CSU Extension Educators, CSU Faculty, NRCS, NGOs, and Colorado farmers and ranchers through group educational and professional development events. Practice change may be new educational strategies with stakeholders or farming or ranching practice change. Examples include but are not limited to conferences, workshops, field days, webinars, and other virtual events.

Eligibility and Amounts

Applicants must be CSU Extension personnel or CSU faculty. Collaborations with NRCS, NGOs, farmers, ranchers and related sustainable ag stakeholders are encouraged and should be described in your proposal.

Applicants with educational events providing professional development for less than 15 Educators, farmers, ranchers, and/or Faculty may apply for mini grants up to $2000.

Events providing professional development for 15 or more confirmed educators, farmers, ranchers, and/or faculty participants may apply for up to $5000.

Please review the allowable and unallowable expenses prior to submitting your proposal.

New in 2024:

  • Limited funds are available for Educational Event projects with more than 30 confirmed beneficiaries with awards up to $8000.
  • Limited funds are available for Individual Professional Development projects to cover the cost of registration fees, airfare, lodging, meals, parking, rental car, etc. with awards up to $1500.

Performance Periods

  • 1 year performance period: Individual PD projects and Educational Event projects for less than 30 people.
  • 1 – 3 years performance period: Educational Event projects for more than 30 people can request a performance period for up to 36 months and not to exceed Dec 31, 2026 in their proposal.

Using the Logic Model in Projects and Proposals

Applicants should be familiar with the USDA Logic Model when conceptualizing a project and before writing a proposal.  Pay close attention to the definitions of outputs and outcomes.  Keep these sections of your proposal distinct, concise, and brief.  Do not mix these sections of your proposal.  This is a common error among applicants.  See the graphic linked on the same page above for a visual representation of the logic model.

Evaluation Required

All projects awarded must be evaluated for short-term outcomes (changes in awareness, knowledge or attitudes) and medium-term outcomes (changes in decision-making, intentions or action among the target audience). An evaluation instrument for the event must be submitted with your application.

Individual PD awards must also demonstrate how they will share what they have learned with other Colorado stakeholders (see target audiences above), how they will deliver this information through educational outreach, and how they will measure knowledge gained through an evaluation instrument.

New in 2024:
Evaluation data will be captured through reporting into an online form The evaluation instrument should show question that will recruit answers to the items listed here that are also in the online reporting form.

Award Cycles and Application Process

There are two award cycles annually. Proposals are due in February or August and award status will be provided in the month following application, March or September. Expedited review is available after discussion but not encouraged.

Accessing Funds Awarded

The PDP is a reimbursement-based award. Keep receipts and other payment evidence (copies of accounting ledger, cleared checks, etc.) related to your project reimbursement. After the educational event, email Adrian Card with an invoice using the template with payment evidence of expenditures related to the project. Expenditures must conform to your awarded project budget unless prior approval has been given. Also include a completed CSU Authorized Business Function Form with your invoice. Complete this online evaluation reporting form. Funds will not be disbursed without receipt of online evaluation reporting.

Program Information contacts

For more information regarding the program and the funding opportunities contact Adrian Card (

Colorado PDP program contact:

Adrian Card
CSU Extension

WSARE Educational Resources and Grants Program

About Western SARE:

SARE is built on a foundation of respect for agricultural producers – the idea that farmers and ranchers know best what does and does not work on the land. Indeed, farmers and ranchers initiate many SARE research projects and are involved in nearly all of them as consultants or research coordinators. The bottom line: SARE supports high quality research and education in sustainable agriculture with minimum overhead.

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