The Thelma Hansen Fund is a University of California endowment to support and maintain University research and extension activities for the sustainability and benefit of agriculture and natural resources in Ventura County.
Donor Name: Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center
County: Ventura County (CA)
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $10,000 to $100,000
Grant Duration: 2 Years
The Thelma Hansen Grant Program is funded and managed through the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC).
Proposals may be submitted for research, education and extension/outreach activities that address the agricultural and natural resource priorities of Ventura County.
- Ensure the economic viability of plant and animal agriculture to sustain agriculture’s contribution to a healthy Ventura County
- Protect natural resources by increasing water and nutrient use efficiency, reducing pesticide and fossil fuel inputs and promoting soil, watershed and ecosystem health
- Increase public understanding and support of agriculture, including the relationship of agriculture to the economy, healthy families, and the natural resource base.
Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Strategic Initiative Themes:
- Water Quality, Quantity and Security
- Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases
- Healthy Families and Communities
- Sustainable Food Systems
- Sustainable Natural Ecosystems.
Ventura County Priority Areas
- Water quality and/or quantity: e.g., improving water use efficiency, fertilizer use efficiency and minimizing contamination of groundwater while sustaining profitable crop yields, protection and rehabilitation of watersheds.
- Emerging and re-emerging pests, diseases and weeds: e.g., biology, epidemiology, diagnosis, detection and monitoring, modeling and prediction, loss/damage assessment, biological, cultural, and chemical control, IPM, pesticide resistance.
- Sustainable/regenerative agriculture methods: e.g., methods that protect natural resources, improve soil and plant health and resiliency to climate change, improve animal health and welfare, and protect pollinators and beneficial organisms.
- Innovation and new technology: e.g., new crops or production techniques, precision agriculture, new technologies to improve quality and value of food products, food safety, production efficiency and waste reduction.
- Agricultural careers and literacy: e.g., agricultural education and training for teens and young adults, internship programs, experiential learning and hands-on programs for kids, community education activities.
- Economic viability: e.g., strategies that enhance competitiveness of Ventura County’s agricultural producers and products, maintain and enhance market share and provide added value.
- Natural resources: e.g., post-fire landscape recovery, working landscapes/ecosystem services, climate change mitigation, carbon sequestration, sustainable urban forests.
Types of Grant
- Applied Research Grants – Applicants may apply for grants for 1 or 2 years in duration with total project funding up to $25,000 per project. Applied research grants must contain an outreach component.
- Education and Outreach Grants – Applicants may apply for grants for up to 1 year in duration for total project funding up to $10,000 to support educational events, materials and outreach activities.
The anticipated amount available for the 2024 THF Grant Program is $150,000. No less than 60% will be made available to fund research projects. Funds will be awarded for performance periods of up to two years. Cost Sharing or Matching is encouraged but not required.
- In general, public or private, non-profit or for-profit organizations are eligible to receive THF grants.
- Individuals who have the appropriate expertise to manage the scientific, educational and administrative aspects of the project are eligible to be Principal Investigators (PI or Co-PI) for THF grants. For research grants, non-researchers are expected to collaborate with researchers at universities or other research institutions. The eligibility of PIs to complete the project will be evaluated during the proposal review.
- The Principal Investigator and Co-PIs must be in good standing on all previously funded THF projects.
- The HAREC Director is not eligible to participate in THF-funded projects.
For more information, visit HAREC.