2024 Farmer Grant Q&A Sessions

September 25, 2023

Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Administrator Candice Huber will be hosting a series of drop-in Q&A sessions from Noon to 1 p.m. EST on Wednesdays in October to answer any questions potential grantees have about their 2024 Farmer Grant proposals.

Click here to register to participate in any of the Q&A sessions.

Attending a session is not required to submit any questions. Questions can be submitted at any time here.

This page will be updated with answers and recordings of the sessions. If you have a question about your grant proposal that you would like to keep confidential, contact Farmer Grant Administrator Candice Huber at candice.huber@uvm.edu.

In the first in our series of Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Q&A sessions, potential applicants and Farmer Grant Administrator Candice Huber discuss:
  • What are the basics of the Farmer Grant program?
  • How to present a project so reviewers can understand the impact it will have on agriculture in the Northeast?
  • How to identify a potential Technical Advisor? (a requirement for Northeast SARE Farmer Grants.)
In the second in our series of Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Q&A sessions, potential applicants and Farmer Grant Administrator Candice Huber discuss:
  • How to start?
  • How to get a Technical Advisor (and why you should be doing so ASAP to give them sufficient time to join your project)?
  • How to pay employees for work on a project?
  • How to search the projects database for inspiration and for former project leaders who might make strong technical advisors?
  • How many hours does it take to complete and submit a proposal?
  • How to hire outside help if you don't have employees but will need assistance during your project?

In the third in our series of Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Q&A sessions, potential applicants and Farmer Grant Administrator Candice Huber discuss:

  • What is Northeast SARE’s definition of a farm?
  • What are the Financial history requirements?
  • How to connect with your State Coordinator for assistance finding a technical advisor?
  • What are project-specific costs? How does the reimbursement process work?
  • How to identify a sustainable need on your farm that you’d like to try?
  • How to get assistance with the submission process? How compensation for your time works if you receive your grant as an individual? (such as a farm employee rather than an owner)
  • How to estimate labor costs?
  • What’s covered in the Call for Proposals? How does the reporting process work?
  • What happens if you’re awarded?
  • How many projects are funded every year?
  • What if a project involves perennial crops?
In the fourth and final Northeast SARE 2024 Farmer Grant Q&A sessions, potential applicants and Farmer Grant Administrator Candice Huber discuss:
  • What is the SARE Outcome Statement?
  • What aspects of beekeeping are an agricultural service and what aspects are generating value from agriculture to qualify as a farm?
  • How many years of operation are required to be considered an established farm?
  • How is "the previous year" measured in Northeast SARE's Definition of a Farm?
  • How much funding can be used to compensate an ag service provider or Technical Advisor?
  • How to approach your local Conservation District to identify a Technical Advisor?
  • When can awarded applicant's expect to receive funds?
  • How do reviewers approach projects with similar topics?
  • How can multiple farms collaborate for a project?

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The Call for 2024 Northeast SARE Farmer Grants is now available. Approximately $800,000 has been allocated to fund projects for this grant cycle. Awards of up to $30,000 are available, depending on the complexity of a project. Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on November 14, 2023.

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