Congratulations on your grant award from Northeast SARE! We are looking forward to working with you as you conduct your project. The following information serve as reminders on how to manage your Partnership Grant.
All SARE grants are paid as reimbursements. All grantees need to track project expenses accurately using the same expense categories as in the original or revised proposal budget. We will reimburse up to 80 percent of the award and hold the last 20 percent until we receive and approve a final report.
Invoices and documentation
Plan to submit invoices to our office on a monthly (or at least quarterly) basis. Grantees should invoice Northeast SARE for project costs and send copies of receipts or other documentation that confirms that vendors, consultants, and personnel have been paid. To prepare an invoice, download the invoice template. Complete the template, print a copy, sign and date it, and scan it. Invoices should align with the original budget, any budget changes over 10% need approval from the grant program coordinator.
You will send in the template, scanned version, and proof of payment of expenses (receipt copies) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your project number on all correspondence in order to avoid delay of payment.
Invoices are usually processed on net 30 terms. Processing the first payment may take six to seven weeks as the new award is set up.
Acknowledging Northeast SARE is required for ALL journal articles, bulletins, guides, websites, outreach materials (including handouts, press releases, flyers, slide shows, presentations, etc.), and all other resources developed with SARE funding.
- Use the logo. It is available at: www.northeastsare.org/logo.
- Include funding credit language: “This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number [insert your project number here, e.g., ONE21-xxx].”
Northeast SARE places a high value on good reports. Reports are not complicated to write but if you don't write them, your grant payments will be delayed or denied.
Report due dates
- Progress reports are due by January 15 each year the project is active.
- Final reports are due no later than 60 days after the project end date.
Online reporting system
All Northeast SARE reports must be submitted using the online reporting system. You will receive an email reminder before the reporting deadline that includes a copy of the reporting instructions. All variables you proposed to measure will be summarized and reported on so it is important to set up your data collection system to match your proposal. In addition, SARE asks questions about your outreach and any behavior changes you may have observed.
Managing Project Changes or Challenges
Sometimes, projects don’t proceed as planned. Changes in the project plans or budget must be approved in advance by Northeast SARE. Please contact your grants manager should any of the following circumstances arise.
- Delays, challenges, or a different idea to accomplish the same study. Keep in mind that the approved project should be honored so changes in the project need to be discussed with and approved by Northeast SARE.
- Budget changes. Minor variations in the planned costs are expected and acceptable. Please contact us for any new expenditures or major budget reallocations in advance of incurring these expenses.
- Requests to extend the end date. Should you need a bit more time to complete your project, you may request for no-cost extension (the request should be made at least 45 days before the current end date).
Advice about unexpected results
Keep in mind, however, that unexpected results are not always a problem. While it may be unlikely that every project will turn out exactly as planned, if the project is well-run, new knowledge will undoubtedly surface. Many of the most interesting projects have surprising results, and sometimes these surprises open up new areas of inquiry. Still, if problems do come up, SARE staff will do their best to advise and support you. Don't hesitate to call or e-mail if you have any issues that are affecting how the project is progressing.
If you have questions about managing your Partnership Grant, please contact grant coordinator Candice Huber.