Funds Available to Help Teach Agriculture in Iowa
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – December 11, 2023 – The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) is making mini-grants available to support the integration of agriculture into classroom instruction or after school programs with an academic focus.
The Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher Supplement Grants, made possible through support from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), are designed to help Iowa teachers initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy in students. Teachers can apply for $250 grants that can be used to fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, outreach programs, field trips, and other projects.
“Before we started our study, even though we live in a rural community, very few children knew much about farming,” said Angel Brecht, Belle Plaine Community Schools. “By the time we were done with our project, students were able to collectively identify 43 different aspects of agriculture in five minutes.”
Preschool through 12th grade teachers, librarians, afterschool program coordinators, and Homeschool Assistance Programs at Iowa schools are eligible to apply. Grants must relate to social studies, science, math, language arts, or 21st century skills and integrate agriculture into the learning.
“The IFBF is proud to provide financial assistance and support educators in their classrooms,” said Ronnette Vondrak, IFBF community resources manager. “Agricultural literacy is critical in further expanding knowledge and an understanding of the value and impact agriculture has across our state and world.”
The deadline for application is January 5, 2024, and the proposed project must take place between February 6 and June 7, 2024. To apply online or for more information visit https://www.iowaagliteracy.org/tools-resources/general/grants.
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