Northeast SARE offers grants to farmers, educators, service providers, researchers and others to address key issues affecting the sustainability of agriculture throughout the region.
Farmer: These grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices. Farmer grant awards are for up to $15,000 and projects can last up to two years. Applications open in the fall and are due in December.
Partnership: This 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. Awards are for up to $30,000. Applications open in winter, and close in April.