The scholarship application closes September 7.

NESAWG offers scholarships to help make our conference accessible to youth, students, farmers, and low-income people. (Youth is defined as under 25 years of age.)  Full scholarships cover the total registration costs of the main conference (Friday and Saturday), while partial scholarships cover 50% of the fee. 

NESAWG travel scholarships are also available for youth. Travel scholarships are awarded in addition to registration scholarships and can be used to cover costs incurred while traveling to or at the conference, including transportation, tolls, parking, meals and lodging. Youth registration and travel scholarships are available to attend one or both days of the main conference.

In selecting scholarship recipients, NESAWG prioritizes the following:

  • Financial Need
  • Underrepresented groups in sustainable food systems work (including but not limited to people of color, veterans, those living with a disability, LGBTQ individuals, new Americans, and refugees.)
  • Community leaders and emerging leaders
  • Food system sector diversity
  • Youth and students
  • Farmers

Scholarships for registration and travel costs are also available from the New York State Health Foundation (funding is limited and offered at their discretion, apply online) and New England Grassroots Environment Fund's Seed Grant program. The Grassroots Fund supports innovative, community-driven environmental projects for frontline New England communities. Is attending #NESAWG18 an integral part of your group's mission, vision or strategy? Then apply for funding to attend #NESAWG18 through the New England Grassroots Environment Fund's Seed Grant program. About Seed grants: maximum award of $1000; accepted on a rolling basis; 4-6 week turnaround time. Learn more on their website!


Applications due: September 7
Notification of Scholarship Awards:  September 14


Please wait until you find out whether you received a scholarship before you register for the conference. If you do not receive a scholarship, you will still be able to register at the early-bird rate. NESAWG provides financial support to as many attendees as we can, but scholarship funds are limited and dependent on funds raised. Applications will be reviewed by the NESAWG Conference Scholarship Committee. All application information is confidential Awarded funds for scholarships will not cover lodging, travel or related expenses unless explicitly stated. This scholarship award is nontransferable. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible so we can provide this scholarship to another person.

For partial scholarships, a small processing fee charged by the registration site will be added to the registration cost upon checkout.

For youth organizations filling out a group application, our ability to award you the entire amount of your request will depend on the size of your group, the number of requests received, and the amount of funds raised. 

If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact You can find the form here or below.