Funding Opportunities

The following are current funding opportunities in agricultural safety and health from UMASH partner organizations, agricultural safety and health organizations and educational institutions.


MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultaion

Safety Grant Program

Program qualifications:

The Safety Grant Program awards employers in the state of Minnesota a dollar-for-dollar match – up to $10,000 – to qualifying employers for projects designed to reduce the risk of injury and illness to their workers, based on results of an on-site, safety/health hazard survey. Applications are accepted and reviewed every two months – see below for application deadlines.

This is a reimbursement program. Invoices dated prior to the approved contract date are not eligible for this program. Grants are awarded to employers that best satisfy the Safety Grant Program goals.

Application deadlines for 2022:

April 15, June 15, August 15, October 15, December 15


Pilot Grants

Program purpose:

The pilot program supports both community-based organizations and academic researchers, especially new investigators and trainees, and encourages applications from those newly interested in agricultural health and safety research. Projects must target agricultural injury and illness prevention to help improve safety and health among agricultural communities in our Midwest region. Applications are open to individuals or groups from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.


Business Grants

Program purpose:

The Grain Storage Facility Safety Cost-Share helps Minnesota farmers buy, ship, and install eligible safety equipment for on-farm grain bins or silos. For Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022), we have approximately $100k for this and the Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) Rebate programs. We will update the amount available throughout the year. The Grain Storage Facility Safety Cost-Share is a public-private partnership. In addition to funding from the Minnesota Legislature, previous donors to the Grain Storage Facility Safety Cost-Share program include Cargill and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.


Pilot Grants

Program purpose:

The HICAHS Pilot Grants Program funds innovative research projects that promote worker health and safety in the agriculture, forestry, or fishing industries. This funding opportunity is targeted to students, post-docs, junior investigators or investigators new to occupational safety and health in agriculture. Extra consideration is given to projects that directly impact the HICAHS region: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Pilot grants have a maximum award amount of $25,000 (including up to 8% indirect costs) with a project period of ~11 months.

This research pilot grant program has been highly successful, leading to the generation of federally-funded R01 grants, the development of new educational materials and intervention techniques, the training of student and junior investigators and publication of peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations.


Agricultural Youth Grants

Program purpose:

Do your part to educate your community about farm safety and health. We’ll even give you the money to do it. Every year I-CASH has funds available for small grants to community youth groups for farm safety-related projects.  In addition, I-CASH awards an Outstanding Youth Grant Award, the winners are invited to the annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference to present their project. The 2021 Outstanding Youth Grant Award went to the Carroll County 4-H Club, the Carroll Champs.  Students produced a video demonstrating safe behaviors around livestock at the fair.