Northeast SARE: Partnership Grant

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

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Grant amount: US $30,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 23, 2020 8:59pm PDT

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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Partnership Grants are reserved for agricultural service providers--extension staff, nonprofits, consultants, state departments of agriculture, and others working in the agricultural community--who want to conduct on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects with farmers as active cooperators.

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program seeks proposals from researchers and service providers who work directly with farmers to address issues that affect farming and the farm community. Farmers must be partners in the planning process and the proposal. Funds can be used for research into production, marketing, on-farm demonstrations, and community development efforts that address sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agriculture is understood to be agriculture that is profitable, environmentally sound, provides a good quality of life for farmers, and benefits the wider farm community. 

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.