Partnership Grant

Grants to USA Agricultural Researchers in
Northeast States to Improve Farming Practices

GrantWatch ID#: 175200
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Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

10/25/16 11:59 PM EST

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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA agricultural researchers in the Northeast States to work with farmers on sustainable agriculture research and outreach projects. Possible topics include the development of beneficial insect habitat, alternative crops or animals, practices that make use of biological cycles for improved soil, plant, and pest management, farm labor, and water quality.

The purpose of the Partnership Grant is to build knowledge that farmers and the agricultural community can use, encourage the understanding and widespread adoption of sustainable techniques, build the organizational and marketing infrastructure that supports sustainable agriculture, and strengthen partnerships among farmers, farm service agencies, and the non-farming community.

Projects must take place on farms or directly involve farm businesses, and the goal is to support well-designed inquiries into how new agricultural practices can enhance the environment, improve the farmer quality of life, or increase profits.

Farmers must be partners in the planning process and the proposal. Funds can be used for research into production, marketing, on-farm demonstrations, and community development efforts that address key themes in sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agriculture is understood to be agriculture that is profitable, environmentally sound, provides a good quality of life for farmers, and benefits the wider farm community.

Up to $15,000

Partnership Grants generally run for one or two years, depending on the scope of the project.

You must be engaged in agricultural research or outreach in an organization such as Cooperative Extensions, a state department of agriculture, a college or university, an agricultural nonprofit, or a commercial agricultural consulting business operating in the Northeast SARE region.

In addition, you must be currently working with farmers and the farmers cooperating in the project must be willing to submit a letter with the grant application that indicates their commitment to the project and outlines the duties they will perform. If the project involves field experiments, they must take place on working farms. Preference is given to projects involving two or more farms, and to projects with a strong outreach component.

There is a limit of one proposal per applicant per year.

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

Funds can't be used for capital costs or to buy durable equipment, nor can funds be used to buy land, start a farm, or expand an existing operation. Food and meal costs are often excluded except when part of the original budget or when part of a meeting or field day. Also, clothing, imprinted or otherwise, is not permitted.

Do not use SARE funds to buy hats, aprons, tee shirts, or comparable items. In the same vein, giveaways or imprinted promotional items are excluded.

To apply, download the attached application forms.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
(802) 656-0471

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

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