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Professional Development Grants

Grants to USA Agricultural Service Providers in Multiple
States to Support Training Related to Sustainable Agriculture

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

LOI Date:

08/03/21

Deadline Date:

10/26/21 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA agricultural service providers affiliated with IHEs, nonprofit organizations, for-profits, and government agencies in multiple states to support training related to sustainable agriculture practices. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. 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 train-the-trainer projects that develop the knowledge, awareness, skills and attitudes among the full range of service providers who work with farmers, including agricultural professionals who teach, advise and assist farmers about sustainable agriculture practices and strategies as well as non-agricultural service providers (e.g., attorneys, lenders, etc.) that work with farmers. These service providers then use the knowledge, awareness, skills and attitudes they gain in their work with farmers.

The Professional Development Grant Program uses an outcome funding approach with a “performance target” to describe the changes in practices, behaviors, or conditions among beneficiaries (in this case, service providers) that are expected to result from the proposed project. 

Eligible Expenses

Funds may be used for the following expenses, as long as they are specific to the project:

  • Labor, including wages, stipends, salary, and benefits for individuals working on the project;
  • Supplies, including research and demonstration supplies, outreach materials, copies, postage, printing, program participation incentives (when clearly necessary for the success of the program) and software;
  • Farm equipment rental or operating charges;
  • Equipment that are necessary for, and unique to, the project. Equipment with general uses (like a computer or tractor) are not eligible.
  • Travel and per diem necessary for the project;
  • Journal publication fees if they are incurred during the contract period; and
  • Indirect costs up to 10 percent of total direct costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171785

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Number of Grants:

It is estimated that 8 to 12 awards will be made.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposals funded typically range from $30,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Typical project length is 2 to 3 years. All projects must be completed by November 30, 2025.

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, tribal governments, 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 women, the LGBTQ+ community, and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Additionally, we encourage 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.

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.

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).

Funds may NOT be used for:
- Capital costs including the purchase of land, buildings, livestock, general use machinery, greenhouses, and major improvements, fixtures or expansion expenses;
- Normal operating expenses such as utilities, general maintenance, general supplies, or any other expenses that would be present in the absence of the project;
- Promotional items, including items of clothing (hats, tee shirts, aprons, etc.), swag, giveaways, subsidies, raffles, and branded promotional material;
- 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 full proposal’s 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; and
- Expenses outside of the grant period. SARE cannot pay for expenses incurred before the award start date or after the end date on the grant contract.

Pre-Application Information:

The Grant Management System will be open for preproposals from May 18, 2021 until the deadline, 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

Timeline:
- Preproposal submission deadline: 5 p.m. ET, August 3, 2021
- Applicants notified whether or not they are invited to submit a full proposal: August 30, 2021
- Feedback sent to applicants: September 2021
- Full proposal submission deadline: 5 p.m. ET, October 26, 2021
- Award decisions announced to applicants: Late February 2022
- Contract start date for awarded projects: March 1, 2022
- Pre-award conference calls with Northeast SARE staff: March 2022

Guide to Outcome Funding (video and pdf): https://northeast.sare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Research-and-Education-Grant-Program/Guide-to-Outcome-Funding

Webinar recording: https://northeast.sare.org/northeast-sare-large-grants-webinar/

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://projects.sare.org/

Contact Katie Campbell-Nelson at kc2233@cornell.edu with your questions.

Northeast SARE
University of Vermont
140 Kennedy Drive, Suite 201
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802)651-8335

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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

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