SARE offers competitive grants to fund research and education projects that advance sustainable agricultural practices in the United States. 

Who Can Apply?

  • Farmers and ranchers
  • Researchers
  • Extension agents and other educators
  • Graduate students

Grants are available for projects within the United States and U.S. protectorates only.

Common Questions

Can SARE grants be used to fund projects outside the United States?

No. SARE grants may only be used to fund projects within the United States and its island protectorates.

Can I use a SARE grant to begin a farm?

No. SARE grants are intended for projects involving research and education only, not to defray the costs associated with starting a farm. USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coordinators can help you get started or grow your farming operation through a variety of programs and services.

Can I use a SARE grant to buy land, equipment, farming materials, animals, etc?

A small percentage of SARE funding may be used to purchase the materials required to conduct a research or education project, but generally SARE funding cannot be used to make large purchases for land, equipment or capital investment. Contact your SARE region for specific rules.

How Do I Apply?

Visit Your Region for More Information

Grants are administered by SARE's four regional offices. Visit the appropriate region to learn which grant type is right for you and to access application instructions.

North Central | Northeast | South | West

Map of SARE regions

What Projects Are Eligible?

Visit your SARE region for detailed guidance on whether your idea qualifies for a grant, and search our database of project reports. Here are some examples of topical areas that SARE grants can address:

  • On-farm renewable energy
  • Pest and weed management
  • Pastured livestock and rotational grazing
  • No-till and conservation tillage
  • Cover crops
  • High tunnels and season extension
  • Crop rotations
  • Marketing
  • Sustainable communities
  • Integrated systems
  • Pollinators
  • Local and regional food systems
  • Small ruminants
  • and more!