Grant Writing Tips
To apply for a NCR-SARE grant:
Step 1: Determine which SARE grant program is right for you: the Research and Education Grant Program, the Farmer Rancher Grant Program, the Graduate Student Grant Program, the Youth Educator Grant Program and/or the Professional Development Program (PDP).
Step 2: Search the national SARE database of projects to review previously funded grants in your topic area.
Step 3: Get a copy of the NCR-SARE call for proposals from the appropriate program and ask to be put on the regional mailing list for future calls.
Step 4: Determine the relevant deadline for the grant program(s) from which you seek funding.
Step 5: Contact potential collaborators and develop proposal ideas.
Step 6: Get help with proposal writing, if necessary. The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) and Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) are two organizations that can help you with literature reviews and background research. View the USDA Budget Guidelines to help you correctly compose your budget. The NCR-SARE office can also answer questions and provide samples of proposals.
Step 7: Submit your proposal, following all guidelines, prior to the specified deadline.