Field Work | LOR Foundation

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: LOR's Field Work initiative provides funding for research into innovative approaches to using water in agriculture. Applications are open through Feb. 22. Apply now.


Field Work

Innovative water solutions from Western farmers and ranchers

LOR’s Field Work initiative provides funding for research into innovative approaches to using water in agriculture. Farmers and ranchers in rural parts of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming are eligible for up to $10,000 to implement innovative water projects in the face of unprecedented drought. Applications are now open through Feb. 22.

As the Mountain West faces the worst drought in the past 1,200 years, the pressures facing farmers and ranchers as they contemplate their use of water are extreme. At the same time, demand for agricultural products is increasing with food demand expected to increase between 59 and 98 percent by 2050. At LOR, we believe those closest to a problem have the best solutions, and Western farmers and ranchers are on the frontlines of the fight to solve water challenges. Too often, however, funding for innovative techniques that might improve water usage is hard to access and slow to reach the experts on the ground. That’s where LOR’s Field Work initiative comes in. Our goal is to get money quickly into the hands of the people in the field and on the ranch who have the potential solutions—and just need a little help to implement them. Ultimately we hope this initiative reveals the best solutions for using water efficiently to grow food in the West—and sustain thriving communities—while in the grip of unprecedented drought.

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We are now accepting applications for Field Work. Applications will be open through Feb. 22. If you need help completing this application or have questions before you apply, please review these FAQs or email us at

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Who Can Apply

LOR’s Field Work initiative is open to farmers and ranchers in rural areas in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Applicants must have independent authority to make changes to water use on the land.

What We Will Fund

We will fund projects that improve outcomes in the following areas: water efficiency, water reliability, water quality, crop yield or crop diversification, and labor efficiency. Projects must be completed in 2023 and must include a commitment and plan for reporting learnings.

Important Dates to Know

LOR will accept project proposals through Feb. 22. We will notify applicants by March 15. Projects must be completed in 2023, with learnings reported by Dec. 31, 2023.

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