Farmer Grants

Grants to USA Farmers in Northeastern
States to Develop Sustainable Farming Practices

GrantWatch ID#: 175260
Agency Type:


United States Department of Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) - Northeast Region

11/29/16 11:59 PM EST

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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA commercial farmers and food producers in northeastern States to develop new sustainable products and methods. Applications are accepted from farmers and operations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Funding is available to commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique.

Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to the general knowledge base about effective sustainable practices. Projects must test a genuinely new idea, offer a new twist on an old one, and show evidence of careful planning.

Farmer Grants can be used to explore new marketing and production techniques, pest management, cover crops, composting, agroforestry, new crop trials, bee health and alternative pollinators, new tool development, and a very broad range of other topics that improve profitability, stewardship, and the rural community.

Eligible Use of Funds:
-To pay you for your time and the time your employees work directly on the project
-To buy materials specific to the project
-To pay for project-related services like soil testing and consulting
-To support project-related travel
-To pay for postage, printing costs, and other outreach expenses related to the project
-To compensate technical advisors, collaborators, and other participants
-To rent or share the cost of equipment needed specifically for the project
-To help cover overhead, or indirect costs, at the rate of 10 percent of direct costs

Up to $15,000

Most projects last one year, but multiyear projects are accepted. The maximum time span for a single project is three years.

To apply, you must be a commercial farmer in the Northeast SARE region. You need not be farming full time, but your operation should have an established crop or animal product that you sell on a regular basis.

Institutional and incorporated farms may apply, but the primary activity of that farm must be to produce and sell food under the kinds of economic constraints that affect commercial growers. Many community-supported farms qualify, but farms where the primary mission is educational normally do not.

The SARE region is made up of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Funds cannot be used for capital costs or to buy durable equipment, nor can funds be use to buy land, start a farm, or expand an existing operation. Utility, food, and meal costs are also generally excluded except under certain limited circumstances, and clothes--hats, tee shirts, aprons, etc.--are not permitted. In the same vein, giveaways or imprinted promotional items are excluded.

All projects must have a technical advisor such as a county extension agent, NRCS staff, a university research or extension specialist, a private crop consultant, a veterinarian, or other technical expert.

You will need to get a letter of support from your technical advisor that describes his or her involvement and confirms the level of commitment—you will upload this letter with your online application.

Grants are paid on a reimbursement basis. You need to have the financial capacity to pay project costs and be reimbursed one to two months later.

The online submission system will open by October 15, 2016. The deadline is November 29, 2016 11:59 PM EST.

Staff will be available to answer questions until 5:00 PM on the due date.

Funding decisions are made in late February. Applicants learn whether they were funded in March.

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

Apply Online:

Questions may be directed to:

Carol Delaney, Farmer Grants Coordinator

You may also contact your State’s Farmer Grants Coordinator.

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


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

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