Types of Grants
Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program has been the go-to USDA grants and outreach program for farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators who want to develop innovations that improve farm profitability, protect water and land, and revitalize communities. To date, SARE has awarded $211 million for more than 5,300 initiatives.
The Southern region SARE program is made up 13 states and two U.S. territories: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The region is administered by a host consortium consisting of the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University with staff located at the University of Georgia-Griffin campus, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Oklahoma.
Southern SARE funds several different grant programs, and each type of grant benefits a different constituency. First there are the “big grant” programs for research and education and for professional development. Then there are the smaller grants for farmers and the professionals who work directly with them, as well as funding opportunities for graduate students and communities. Learn more about each grant to determine which one may be right for you. The application process always begins with the release of Calls for Proposals. Applicants are strongly encouraged to download and read the Call for Proposals before applying for a grant. All the rules and guidelines and everything you need to complete the application process and successfully submit your project can be found in the Call for Proposals. If after reading a Call, you still have questions about whether that grant is best for your ideas, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants are understood to be the chief lubricant in the development of new approaches and new ideas in sustainable agriculture. The program also emphasizes outreach and the dissemination of project results so that the grant program will have the widest possible benefit.
To date, SSARE has awarded $56 million for more than 1,000 initiatives.
Research and Education projects are conducted by teams of interdisciplinary researchers specializing in sustainable agricultural systems.
Large Systems Research Grants are for systems research teams who have successful ongoing long-term systems research programs, but need support to accomplish additional long-term research goals.
The Professional Development program provides sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for Cooperative Extension Service personnel, Natural Resources Conservation Service staff and others who work directly with farmers and ranchers.
On-Farm Research Grants are conducted by agricultural professionals on one or more working farms to help their farmer clients find sustainable solutions to problems.
A competitive grants program for farmers to conduct research, marketing and education projects.
Sustainable Community Innovation Grants are jointly administered by Southern SARE and the Southern Rural Development Center for the purpose of linking sustainable agriculture with healthy economic community development. SSARE and SRDC have released a special grant call for 2015 to fund research on local and regional food systems.
SARE Graduate Student Grants are one of the few research funding opportunities open to full-time Master's and Ph.D. students throughout the Southern region.
A grant program for Research & Education Grant recipients to engage pre-collegiate high school students and freshman/sophomore college students in sustainable agriculture research. Read more about the program and how to apply.