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Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Veterinary Schools,
and Agencies to Develop Rural Veterinary Education and Services

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Deadline Date:

05/29/19 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants starting at $75,000 to USA and territories veterinary organizations, schools of veterinary medicine, research and medical foundations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit entities for rural veterinary training and service development. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

Funding is intended to develop, implement and sustain veterinary services and relieve veterinarian shortage situations in the United States and U.S. Insular Areas. Applications may only be submitted by the entities listed below if they carry out programs or activities that will: 1) substantially relieve veterinarian shortage situations; or 2) support or facilitate private veterinary practices engaged in public health activities.

Applications will be accepted for two project types: (1) Education, Extension and Training and (2) Rural Practice Enhancement.

The VSGP is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students to gain specialized skills and provide practices with additional resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U.S. Ultimately, this program will bolster the capacity of private practitioners to provide food animal veterinary services in designated rural veterinarian shortage situations.

Grants will be made available on a competitive basis to:

1. Establish or expand accredited veterinary education programs, veterinary residency and fellowship programs, or veterinary internship and externship programs carried out in coordination with accredited colleges of veterinary medicine.

2. Provide continuing education and extension, including veterinary telemedicine and other distance-based education, for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other health professionals needed to strengthen veterinary programs and enhance food safety and public health.

3. Cover travel and living expenses of veterinary students, veterinary interns, externs, fellows, and residents, and veterinary technician students attending training programs in food safety, public health or food animal medicine.

Grants will also be made available to establish, expand and better equip for-profit or nonprofit veterinary practices or individuals operating a veterinary clinic or providing veterinary services in a certain veterinarian shortage situation, as designated through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program, that is situated in a rural area, as defined in section 343(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1991(a)).

For program area priorities and other grant requirements, see pages 7-9 of the RFP:

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GrantWatch ID#: 183547

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Education, Extension and Training (EET) Grants: Budgets must be between $75,000 and $250,000, including indirect costs.

Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) Grants: Budgets must be between $75,000 and $125,000.

Term of Contract:

Education, Extension and Training (EET) Grants are for project periods of 2-4 years.

Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) Grants are for project periods of 3-4 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For Education, Extension, and Training Program Area:

- A State, national, allied, or regional veterinary organization or specialty board recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association;
- A college or school of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association;
- A university research foundation or veterinary medical foundation;
- A department of veterinary science or department of comparative medicine accredited by the Department of Education;
- A State agricultural experiment station; or Research Farm (1890 institutions)
- A State, local, or tribal government agency.

For Rural Practice Enhancement Program Area:

A for-profit or nonprofit entity located in the United States that, or individual who, operates a veterinary clinic providing veterinary services, (i) in a rural area, as defined in section 343(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1991(a)), and (ii) is either a current VMLRP awardee from any year (i.e., those with a current service obligation at the time of this application) and applies with reference to the single shortage area to which they are obligated to serve; or is not a current VMLRP awardee and applies with reference to a single veterinarian shortage situation (VMLRP shortage map webpage) designated as ‘Open’ under the VMLRP in 2019. Shortage area designation MUST be included in the proposal title and narrative and in the appropriate field on the form.

For all program areas, award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on May 29th, 2019. Applicants are urged to submit early to the system.

Prior to preparing an application, it is recommended that the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) first contact an Authorized Representative (AR, also referred to as Authorized Organizational Representative, or AOR) to determine if the organization is prepared to submit electronic applications through If not (e.g., the institution/organization is new to the electronic grant application process through, then the one-time registration process must be completed PRIOR to submitting an application. It can take as long as two weeks to complete the registration process so it is critical to begin as soon as possible.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For assistance in preparing application forms content, contact:

Phone: 202-401-5048
Business hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, excluding federal holidays

Programmatic Contact:

Dr. Robert M. Smith, National Program Leader, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
Telephone: (202)-401-4892;

Administrative/Business Contact:

Susan Bowman, Awards Management Division, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Telephone: (202) 401-4324

Adriene Woodin, Awards Management Division, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Telephone: (202) 401-4320

National Institute of Food and Agriculture
STOP 2240; 1400
Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20250-2240

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