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Grants to USA Individuals Working with Farmers and Service Providers in Multiple States for Training Related to Sustainable Agriculture

Professional Development Grants


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Funding Source
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
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Geographic Focus
USA: ConnecticutDelawareMaineMarylandMassachusettsNew HampshireNew JerseyNew York CityNew YorkPennsylvaniaRhode IslandVermontWashington, DCWest Virginia

Important Dates
Conference Date: 06/23/22
LOI Date: 08/02/22
Deadline: 10/25/22 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA individuals affiliated with nonprofit and for-profit organizations, IHEs, agencies, and tribes who work with farmers and service providers in eligible states for educational projects to promote agricultural sustainability. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Additional consideration will be given to projects that serve or engage historically underserved farmers. Projects must take place within 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.

The Northeast SARE Professional Development Grant program funds projects that develop the knowledge, awareness, skills and attitudes of agricultural and other service providers about sustainable agriculture practices to teach, advise or assist farmers. An agricultural service provider is a professional who assists farmers. Projects that develop the ability of other service providers (for example, real estate agents, bankers, and attorneys) to work with farmers are also eligible. These service providers then use what they’ve learned through participation in project activities in their work with farmers.

A wide variety of topics can be funded by Northeast SARE, including marketing and business, crop production, raising livestock, aquaculture, social sustainability, urban and Indigenous agriculture and much more. Other aspects of projects funded through the Northeast SARE program include those that address climate-smart agriculture practices intended to improve ecological, social, and economic resilience to climate change; increase carbon sequestration; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Climate-smart practices include reduced and no-till, cover crops, prescribed grazing, ruminant feed management, manure management, fertilizer management, and on-farm energy efficiency. In addition, projects may address traditional ecological knowledge. 

For eligible uses of funds, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Professional Development Grants are open to agricultural service providers, including personnel at colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, agricultural and community nonprofit organizations, municipalities, state departments of agriculture, federal agencies like NRCS, for-profit entities (such as private consultants, veterinary practices and other businesses that serve the farming community), and others who work with service providers.

Northeast SARE encourages projects submitted from or in collaboration with Minority Serving Institutions (including 1890s and other historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions and tribal colleges and universities) and other organizations in the Northeast region that work with socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

Your organization must have the legal structure and financial capacity in place to receive and execute a Northeast SARE contract, including expending funds needed for the project prior to receiving reimbursements from Northeast SARE; advance payments are not possible.

Projects must take place within 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.

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).

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational webinar will take place at noon on June 23, 2022. Register for the webinar here:

Pre-Application Information
- The online system will open to accept preproposals starting on: May 10, 2022-
- Preproposals are due no later than: August 2, 2022, 5:00 p.m. ET

Preproposals are required for the Professional Development Grant Program. The preproposal is a preliminary concept document that allows SARE reviewers to select the most promising projects to be invited to submit full proposals. Only invited preproposal applicants are eligible to submit a full proposal.

Preproposals for this grant program are typically due in mid-summer and invited full proposals are usually due in the fall.

Grant Timeline
- Preproposal submission deadline: 5 p.m. ET, August 2, 2022
- Applicants notified whether or not they are invited to submit a full proposal: August 29, 2022
- Feedback sent to invited applicants: September 2022
- Feedback sent to not invited applicants: early October 2022
- Full proposal submission deadline: 5 p.m. ET, October 25, 2022
- Tier 1 Review* decisions announced to applicants: mid December 2022
- Award decisions announced to applicants: late February 2023
- Contract start date for awarded projects: March 1, 2023
- New grantee orientation meetings with Northeast SARE staff: March 2023
*There are two tiers of full proposal review. Applicants will be notified whether their proposal moves on from
Tier 1 to Tier 2 review.

The Grant Management System will be open for preproposals from May 10, 2022 until the deadline, 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Staff are available to answer questions until 5 p.m. ET on the due date. Northeast SARE strongly suggests you submit your preproposal well in advance of the deadline in case you experience technical issues that take time to resolve.

Northeast SARE is committed to accessibility for all eligible applicants. Applicants are encouraged you to reach out regarding any challenges they experience as they plan and submit your preproposal. To do so or to specifically request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Northeast SARE as soon as possible. Depending on the type of request it may take the Northeast SARE team two or more weeks to provide accommodations. Northeast SARE appreciates advance notice when possible so staff have time to effectively address your request.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Northeast SARE estimates that 8 to 12 awards will be made in 2023.

Estimated Size of Grant
There is no proposal funding cap for this program. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $150,000 depending upon a project’s complexity and duration.

Term of Contract
Typical project length is 2 to 3 years. All projects must be completed by November 30, 2026.

Contact Information
Submit preproposals online at

For questions about this call, contact Katie Campbell-Nelson at or 403-834-1090.

Northeast SARE
University of Vermont
140 Kennedy Drive, Suite 202
South Burlington, VT 05403
Phone: (802) 651-8335

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