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Sustainable Ag (SARE)

SARE’s (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) wider mission is to advance, to the whole of American agriculture, innovations that improve profitability, stewardship, and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education.

SARE offers competitive grants to projects that explore and address key issues affecting the sustainability and future economic viability of agriculture.

Northeast SARE serves Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Grants come in two sizes–large, multiyear projects ranging from $30,000 to $200,000, and smaller, shorter-term projects of $15,000 or less. The two funding tiers have different application requirements. Find out who can apply, past grant awards, and how each grant program serves a different sector of the farm community. If you have a grant, you will find tools to help you manage your project.

Click on the grant below to head over to the Northeast SARE website to learn more!

Farmer Grant

For commercial farmers who want to test a new idea using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. Applications are submitted on line in late November or early December for awards the following spring.

Read SARE Grant Profiles in the Small Farm Quarterly Magazine. Look for the “Northeast SARE Spotlight” Column

Download the “SARE Farmer Grant Profiles” booklet to learn how farmers in NY are getting funded for sustainable agriculture research! Download the booklet [PDF]

Partnership Grant

For agricultural service providers–extension staff, consultants, nonprofits, state departments of agriculture, and other advisors in the farm community–who want to conduct on-farm demonstrations, research, or marketing projects with farmers as cooperators. Applications submitted on line by early November for awards in the spring.

Graduate Student Grant

For students enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited college, university, or veterinary school who want to research key topics in sustainable agriculture. Proposals are submitted in the spring for awards in August.

Professional Development Grant

For educators delivering outcome-based training in sustainable techniques to Cooperative Extension staff and other service providers. Preproposals submitted on line in August; full proposals from approved applicants submitted in November for awards the following spring.

Research and Education Grant

For researchers and educators offering outcome-based projects that benefit farmers and explore new sustainable farm practices. Preproposals are normally due in August, with approved full proposals due in November for awards the following spring.

Agroecosystems Research Grants

For long-term research that explores the ecological interactions that are the basis of sustainable agriculture.