Let's Grow Grants Support Increased Efficiency of Sheep Industry
December 16, 2016

Fourteen recipients will receive more than $200,000 in grants to support continued growth in the sheep industry thanks to the latest round of allocations by the American Sheep Industry Association's Let's Grow Committee.

The committee met in Denver on Dec. 5-6 to review 27 grant applications submitted for funding. The committee awarded $208,604 to the 14 approved grants.

Since May of 2015, the Let's Grow Committee has funded 50 grants infusing more than $865,000 into the American sheep industry nationwide. One hundred and twenty five grant requests amounting to more than $3.5 million have been submitted to the committee for consideration. Submissions were received from national organizations, state associations, breed groups, producer units and individuals located in more than 32 states spanning the country.

The Let's Grow program was developed to ensure that the U.S. sheep industry remained sustainable for future sheep producers. Grants that best address the mission of the committee are given priority funding with the mission being "to support, promote and ensure the U.S. sheep industry's future through the development of innovative and sustainable initiatives that increase the productivity, profitability and growth of the American sheep industry, which will further enhance domestic wool and lamb production."

In addition, the committee set the dates for Round Five of grant funding. The application will be available on Feb. 15, the submission deadline is set for April 20 and the committee will meet to review the applications on May 8-9.

Anyone wishing to follow the progress of funded grants can find an executive summary and a progress report at www.GrowOurFlock.org by clicking on the Funded Projects tab. As work on the grants is accomplished, updates are made available.