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Grants to USA Farmers in Northeastern
States to Develop Sustainable Practices

Farmer Grant Program

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Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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11/16/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $30,000 to USA commercial farmers and food producers in eligible states to enhance agriculture. Applicants must operate farms in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. There are no restrictions on the topics that may be addressed as long as the proposed project leads to new information that enhances Northeast agriculture.

Farmer 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. Farmer Grant projects should seek new knowledge other farmers can use and address questions that are directly linked to improved profits, better stewardship, and stronger rural communities.

Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to the knowledge about effective sustainable practices.

Funds can be used to conduct the research project including paying farmers for their time, for project-related materials, for project costs like consulting fees or soil tests, and any communications or outreach expenses associated with telling others about project results.

Northeast SARE encourages projects submitted from or in collaboration with women, the LGBTQ+ community, and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Additionally,  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 that work with historically underrepresented communities are encouraged.

Eligible Expenses:

Funds may be used for the following expenses if they are specific to the project:

  • Labor, including wages, stipends, salary and fringe benefits for individuals working on the project;
  • Materials and supplies, including research and education supplies, outreach materials, and project-specific software;
  • Travel and per diem expenses necessary for the project;
  • Expenses to produce publications, like fact sheets, guides, flyers, etc., as well as copies, postage and other project communication expenses;
  • Consultant services like soil testing, presenter fees and other services rendered, as well as research incentives and compensation for interviewees, and subscriptions for project-specific services;
  • Meeting and training expenses, including facility rental and participant support costs;
  • Equipment purchases and fabrication that are necessary for, and unique to, the project (equipment with general uses, like a computer or tractor, are not eligible); and
  • Farm equipment and land rental or operating charges; 

Eligible enterprises can be found at

Information about Eligible Farms can be found at

Eligible activities can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175260

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are expected to be in the range of $5,000 to $30,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Most projects run for one to two years, but projects up to 3 years are accepted.

Projects should not start before March 1, 2022. Contract start dates will be March 1, 2022 but projects may begin after that date. All projects must be completed no later than November 30, 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Farmer Grant program is open to all commercial farm business owners and farm employees in the Northeast region. As an applicant, you may be farming on a large or small scale, with organic or conventional practices, urban or rural, full- or part-time, etc.—this grant program accepts all types and scales of farms.

Technical Advisor Role: All projects must enlist a technical advisor. The technical advisor can be an Extension educator, NRCS or other government staff, university researcher, nonprofit staff, private consultant, veterinarian or other technical expert, including another farmer.

This grant program is not meant to help start or expand farm businesses. Farmer Grant funds cannot be used for capital costs associated with building a barn, greenhouse, or other major farm fixture, nor can funds be used to start a farm, purchase durable equipment like tractors or computers, or for any utility, telephone, or other costs that would be there in the absence of the project.

Enterprises Not Considered Eligible Farms can be found at

Ineligible activities can be found at

Ineligible Expenses can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline
- Online system opens for submissions: October 1, 2021
- Proposal submission deadline: November 16, 2021, 5 p.m. ET
- Award decisions announced to applicants: Late February 2022
- Contract start date for awarded projects: March 1, 2022

Northeast SARE is committed to accessibility for all eligible applicants. You are encouraged to reach out to staff regarding any challenges you experience as you plan and submit your preproposal. To do so or to specifically request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Northeast SARE as soon as possible.

Northeast SARE grants are paid on a reimbursement basis. Therefore, your farm 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.

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

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Questions may be directed to:
Candice Huber
802/651-8335 ext. 554

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