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Grants to USA Individuals Affiliated with Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs,
or For-Profits in the Northeast for Sustainable Agriculture Projects

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Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Deadline Date:

04/23/19 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $30,000 to USA individuals affiliated with nonprofit organizations, IHEs, agencies, and agriculture-based for-profit businesses in Northeastern States to work with farmers on sustainable agriculture projects. Funding is intended to support the development and implementation of solutions to sustainability challenges related to production, marketing, and community well-being in the area's farming and food systems, and to strengthen working partnerships between farmers and agricultural service providers to advance sustainable agriculture. Projects must take place on farms or directly involve farm businesses.

Reviewers look for well-designed proposals that enhance the environment, improve quality of life for farmers and their communities, and lead to profitable farm economies. Proposals should be relevant to farming and sustainability issues in the Northeast, and should offer both research and outreach components so that results will be available to the wider farm community. 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.

Funds may be used for expenses specific to the project:
- Labor, including wages or salary, and benefits, for individuals working directly on the project;
- Supplies, including research supplies, outreach materials, copies, postage, printing, and software specific to the project;
- Farm equipment rental and operating charges;
- Services, like soil testing, interview transcription, consulting, etc.;
- Travel and per diem necessary for the project;
- Specialized equipment rented or purchased essential for the project;
- Journal publication fees so long as they are incurred during the contract period; and
- Indirect costs up to 10 percent of total grant request.

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. While smaller, one-year projects are welcome and encouraged, the funding cap for Partnership grant proposals has been increased to better allow for projects that enlist multi-institution or multi-disciplinary collaboration, explore more complex subject matter, or take longer to document results or changes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175200

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $30,000

Term of Contract:

Funding start date for awarded projects: August 1, 2019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grant is open to anyone who works for an organization such as a college or university, extension, agricultural, and community nonprofit, etc.; a municipality and state department of agriculture or federal agency like NRCS; or a for-profit business entity that provides agricultural consulting, veterinary services, etc. Project leaders must have the skills and experience needed to oversee and carry out their proposed work.

There is a limit of one proposal per applicant per year. While only one proposal may be submitted from an individual applicant, more than one individual from an organization may apply.

The project must be conducted in the Northeast region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Funds may NOT be used for:
- Capital costs, including the purchase of land, buildings, livestock, machinery, orchards, greenhouses, and other major farm improvements, fixtures and expansion expenses;
- Normal operating expenses. Do not ask for specific overhead costs in the form of utility bills, general maintenance, general supplies, or any other expenses that would be there in the absence of the project.
- Incentive offers and promotional items, including items of clothing (hats, tee shirts, aprons, etc.), swag, giveaways, subsidies, raffles, gift cards, and branded promotional material;
- Purchase of motorized vehicles and equipment;
- Travel to scholarly meetings unless essential to the project, such as presentation of project results;
- International travel unless integral to the project’s success and described in the budget justification (Note: There are certain restrictions on costs and carriers.);
- Cell phone charges, even if you use your cell phone in the course of the project;
- Food expenses unless necessary for the continuity of a training event or project meeting. (Note:
When SARE funds are used for meals, USDA employees should note this on their expense reports and deduct meal costs from any per diem reimbursements.); and
- Expenses outside the grant period. SARE cannot pay for expenses incurred before the award start date or after the end date on the grant contract.

Northeast SARE will not fund proposals that appear to duplicate work that has been approved for funding by another grant program (within or external to SARE). It is the applicant's responsibility to make clear to reviewers that any proposed work that is part of a project also submitted to/funded by another grant program (within or external to SARE) is unique, though it may build on or complement the other work.

The program 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The online system will open for submissions: March 15, 2019. The deadline for Northeast SARE Partnership Grant applications is April 23, 2019, 5:00 PM ET.

- Online system opens for submissions: March 15, 2019
- Online submission deadline: 5:00 p.m. ET*, April 23, 2019
*Please note that the application deadline time has changed from past calls.
- Review panel ranks applications: April to June 2019
- Northeast SARE Administrative Council makes final selections: July 2019
- Awards announced: late July 2019
- Funding start date for awarded projects: August 1, 2019

Please prepare your application well in advance of the deadline, keeping in mind that the application signoff sheet must be completed and signed by you, the applicant, as well as the authorized official at your organization or institution. Work on the budget well ahead of time to verify amounts as you go. Also, allow time to receive the commitment letter(s) from your farmer partners and other collaborators. All required documents must be included with your online application.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

With questions, contact grant manager Carol Delaney at or 802/651-8335, x 555.

Northeast SARE
655 Spear Street
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405-0107

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Delaware;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   Vermont;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia