2015 Agriculture in the Classroom Local Support Grants

Summary

The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation is offering grants to support agriculture education programs that impact students or adults and help develop an understanding of agriculture and the agriculture industry. Agriculture in the Classroom Local Support Grants are designed to initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy through education and outreach. Grants can be used for to fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, outreach programs, fieldtrips and other projects.

Eligibility
  • Projects/events must take place between March 15 and October 31, 2015.
  • Applying organization must have agriculture education and/or agriculture literacy as part of their mission or purpose. The applying organizations must demonstrate some level or agriculture knowledge/expertise or have access to and make use of appropriate resources. Examples of organizations that might qualify include but are not limited to:
    • County Farm Bureau organizations
    • County Extension agencies
    • Soil and Water Conservation districts
    • FFA chapters
    • 4-H clubs
  • Applying organizations must qualify in one of the following areas of funding:
    • Start-Up Grants ($1,000 each; up to 5 awarded)
      • Organization has not conducted any Agriculture in the Classroom or agriculture literacy efforts in the past 2 calendar years (2013 & 2014)
      • Organization has detailed plans of beginning Agriculture in the Classroom or agriculture literacy efforts with specific action items and planned measurable outcomes.
    • Scale-Up Grants ($750 each; up to 5 awarded)
      • Organization has conducted at least one Agriculture in the Classroom or agriculture literacy activity in the past 2 years
      • Application must show an increase in number of projects conducted, an increase in the scope of the project being conducted, or an increase in the scale of the project being conducted like number of students/adults reached
    • Continuing Excellence Grants ($500 each; up to 10 awarded)
      • Organization has conducted at least one Agriculture in the Classroom or agriculture literacy activity in the past 2 years
      • Organization has detailed plans of continuing Agriculture in the Classroom or agriculture literacy efforts with specific action items and planned measurable outcomes
  • No more than one grant will be awarded in each county.
  • Multiple organizations within a county are encouraged to work together and apply jointly, however one organization should be identified as the lead.
  • Grant money cannot be used for fund raising efforts or political issues or campaigns.
Grant Timeline
  • Applications due by March 15, 2015.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by late March 2015.
  • Funding will be distributed by early April 2015.
  • A follow-up report and at least one photo (minimum 300x400 pixels or 250KB) of the project must be submitted by October 31, 2015 .
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About the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

IALF serves as a central resource for educators and volunteers who want to teach Iowa’s students about agriculture. The mission is to educate Iowans, with a focus on youth, regarding the breadth and global significance of agriculture. Iowa is a leading producer of agricultural products that are essential to feed a growing world population, estimated to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. IALF believes it is important for all Iowans to understand the essential role agriculture has in their lives. IALF will support existing agriculture education efforts such as FFA, 4-H and Ag in the Classroom. IALF was created through a joint effort of agricultural stakeholders, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Silos and Smokestacks Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, GROWMARK, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. For more information visit IALF online at IowaAgLiteracy.org, on Facebook, and Twitter.

Source:

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

Contact:

Will Fett, Executive Director
Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
WFett@IowaAgLiteracy.org
515-331-4182

Publish Date:

02/11/2015