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. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices.
Proposal deadlines are in early winter with awards announced in March. If the current application is not yet available (see the "for applicants" box to the right), you should feel free to browse this section until the new application is posted, usually in July.
In the overview section you can get a description of the grant, who can apply, what type of projects can be funded, what is expected of grantees, and a timeline for submitting a proposal.
Interested in applying for a Farmer Grant? Look at the application instructions, checklists, timelines, and review criteria, and learn how to get help if you need it. You can also read or download How to Write a Farmer Grant. The URL for the online submission can be found in the application instructions.
All Farmer Grant projects must have a technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop advisor, or other farm consultant--who reads and signs off on the application and also supports one or more components of the project itself. Watch a video about technical advisors and their various roles in past projects, keeping in mind that every project is different.
Find out what happens when a project is funded. Preview SARE's reporting, reimbursement, and policy requirements so you can find out ahead of time with we expect of successful grantees.
Read brief descriptions of recent projects and link to associated reports. This will help you get a feel for the variety of projects and approaches SARE is receptive to.