Northeast SARE: Partnership Grant

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

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Deadline: Apr 14, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $30,000

Fields of work: Sustainable Agriculture & Agroecology

Applicant type: Unaffiliated Researcher, Working Professional, Faculty, Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts Show all

Location of residency: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts Show all

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NOTE: Northeast SARE is committed to the continuation of our programming and is choosing to proceed with the call for 2020 Partnership Grant proposals. However, we recognize that coronavirus-related delays or closures may hinder your ability to obtain the necessary authorized signature on the required Partnership Grant Commitment Form. If this is the case, please contact us by no later than April 7, so that we may assist you.

Northeast SARE's Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers to encourage design and implementation of innovative solutions to current sustainability challenges related to production, marketing and/or household and community well-being in Northeast farming and food systems, or to strengthen working partnerships between farmers and agricultural service providers to advance sustainable agriculture.

Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.

Northeast SARE funds a broad range of projects; there are no set restrictions on the topics that Partnership Grants may address so long as the projects lead to new information or working relationships that are consistent with our outcome statement and address the program’s review criteria. In the past, Partnership projects have experimented with new crop and production methods, addressed farm management challenges, developed unique machines and tools, explored innovative pest control and grazing strategies, tested new ways of marketing agricultural products, and more. 

Please note that this program requires an explicit connection to the needs, interests and expertise of farmers and farming partners in the Northeast. It is not designed to support educational programs for the non-farming general public, food donation efforts, general public awareness campaigns about agriculture and nutrition, or community and school gardening initiatives.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • You must work for an agricultural organization, legally incorporated business, municipality, or operate a private consulting business such as a crop consultant or veterinarian.
  • Most applicants are engaged in agricultural research or outreach in organizations such as:
    • Cooperative Extension
    • NRCS
    • state departments of agriculture
    • colleges or universities
    • agricultural and community nonprofits
    • an agricultural consulting business, or
    • serve on a governmental board or commission dealing with issues that affect farmers in the region.
  • Projects must take place on farms or directly involve farm businesses.
    • A farm is defined as a commercial operation with an established farm income of at least $1,000 from a crop, nursery, livestock, or aquaculture operation.
    • If you aren’t sure if an operation qualifies as a farm, read “What is a farm?”
  • Only one proposal may be submitted each year from an individual applicant, although more than one individual from an organization may apply.
  • Most projects run one year, but multiyear projects are not excluded.
  • Projects with a clear social or quality-of-life benefit are welcome, provided the target of these projects is commercial farmers.
  • You can read detailed informations on "How SARE funds can be used" here.


  •  The program is not designed to support educational programs for children or nonfarmers, food donation efforts, public awareness campaigns about agriculture and nutrition, or community or school gardening initiatives. 
  • You can read relevant informations on "How SARE funds cannot be used" here.