Northeast SARE: Professional Development Grants

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

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Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $150,000

Next deadline: Jun 25, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Oct 29, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland Show all

Location of residency: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland Show all

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This grant program funds projects that train agricultural service providers such as Cooperative Extension, state department of agriculture personnel, crop consultants, veterinarians, farm advisors with private businesses, and nonprofit organizations about sustainable practices and approaches so that they, in turn, can educate farmers. These train-the-trainer projects must be directed toward increasing the knowledge, skills, understanding, and abilities of educators to teach farmers about sustainable practices and approaches. Four years is the maximum allowable project length

Projects must be directed toward increasing the skill and understanding of these service providers and consistent with SARE's larger goal of broad farmer adoption of sustainable practices.

Professional Development awards typically range from $50,000 to $150,000, depending on duration and content; the average award is $75,000.

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


  • There is no requirement that applicants have a specific affiliation, but they must have the institutional connections and support needed to carry out their project.
  • They should also have experience with and responsibilities for delivering agricultural education to extension and other agricultural service providers.
  • Typically, proposals come from university and extension staff, the agricultural nonprofit sector, and people who work on research farms and experiment stations, but proposals from private consultants or agriculture related businesses will be considered.
  • Applicants must:
    • have the skills needed to oversee and carry out their proposed project
    • be credible and experienced in the science of agriculture and agricultural sustainability
    • understand the importance of profitability, good stewardship, and quality of life for farmers and farm communities
    • demonstrate a firm grasp of current opportunities and concerns in sustainable agriculture
  • SARE funds can be used for direct project costs such as personnel, travel, materials and supplies, communications, and other direct costs. 
  • SARE funds can be used to pay students for their work on a project.


  • SARE funds cannot be used to fund any sort of institutional tuition remission or curriculum fee waiver; instead, students involved in the project should be paid at an hourly or salaried rate.
  • SARE funds cannot be used for large capital expenditures—things like land, buildings, livestock, greenhouses, other major fixtures and improvements, general use items, or machinery.