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Giving Back Fund

Congratulations to the EWB-UMN Uganda Program, recipient of the Giving Back Fund monetary award for 2015. The award will be used for materials and construction of a rainwater harvesting system.

Administered by the ASABE Foundation, The Giving Back Fund provides financial support to projects that showcase the knowledge and skills of the agricultural and biological engineering profession through efforts that  benefit underserved individuals or groups. Eligible projects may take place anywhere in the world; no preference is given in the selection process for geographic location. The endeavor may involve building, designing, planning, teaching, or other assistance that has tangible evidence of the endeavor.

The first Giving Back Award was presented in 2014, to John Lumkes and the Purdue Utility Project. Partnering with the African Centre for provides low-cost utility vehicles for transporting crops, people, and supplies in a timely and affordable fashion and in the short-term will also provide employment.  Click below to see a video that describes their work. 


The Giving Back Fund has money available annually to support one or more projects. ASABE members are invited to submit a video, slide presentation, or other electronic means to seek funding support from the Giving Back Fund.



  • The project must involve at least two individuals who are ASABE members, at any member grade, in the year nominated and in the year the funds are presented, and include at least two persons with one or more degrees completed or in process in agricultural engineering, biological engineering, biosystems engineering, or similarly named disciplines/university programs.
  • Any member of a team which is awarded funding shall be ineligible for future selection for two years.
  • The initial project or phase submitted shall have started within five years of nomination and must be completed within two years of receiving funding from this fund.
  • Submissions may be considered by the selection committee for a total of three years as long as the candidates remain ASABE members in good standing and the project is still pending and viable.
  • Funds can be used for expenses incurred from three months prior to two years after the project award (estimated to be January 31).

Submission Procedures
Click here to download complete details and submission instructions. Note that proposals must be submitted electronically and must include a project description captured in video or other current electronic technology. At least two members of the project team must be ASABE members.

Direct submissions and questions to Dolores Landeck, ASABE Director of Public Affairs, via e-mail.

Submission Deadline: December 31


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