Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
Grants starting at $30,000 to USA farmers, researchers, educators, graduate students, and agricultural service providers in the Northeast region for training in sustainable agriculture practices. Applicants must submit a preproposal prior to applying. The Northeast region includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
The program—including funding decisions—is driven by the Northeast SARE outcome statement:
Agriculture in the Northeast will be diversified and profitable, providing healthful products to its customers; it will be conducted by farmers who manage resources wisely, who are satisfied with their lifestyles, and have a positive influence on their communities and the environment.
The Professional Development Grant Program funds projects that train agricultural service providers such as Cooperative Extension educators, nonprofit organization staff, state department of agriculture personnel, crop consultants, farm advisors with private businesses, and veterinarians about sustainable practices and approaches so that they can, in turn, educate farmers.
Projects must seek wider adoption of sustainable practices or approaches through education. Practices or approaches taught must address one or more of the three tenets of sustainable agriculture: environmental quality, financial viability, and social sustainability including farm succession/transfer, farmer health and well-being and quality of life.
SARE funds can be used for the following project expenses: personnel, travel, materials and supplies, farm equipment rental, communications, and other direct costs. USDA currently allows indirect costs up to 10% of total funds, which may be estimated as 11.11% of direct costs.
GrantWatch ID#: 171785
Three to six Professional Development awards are expected to be made this year.
Reviewers prefer projects in the $30,000 to $150,000 range. Funding requests should align with project duration, scope of the work, and intensity of interaction with beneficiaries. Amounts higher than the typical range will be considered for projects that include multi-disciplinary or multi-institutional education networks, especially when those networks enable a more comprehensive systems approach to addressing challenges or opportunities.
Typical project length is 2 to 3 years. All projects must be completed by November 30, 2023.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit Preproposal Online:
Specific questions should be directed to Janet McAllister at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860/486-1950.
University of Vermont
140 Kennedy Drive, Suite 201
South Burlington, VT 05403
USA: Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York City; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington, DC; West Virginia