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Urban Schools Agricultural Grant Program

Grants to Texas Elementary and Middle Schools
in Eligible Districts for Agriculture-Related Projects

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Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)

Deadline Date:

05/16/19 5:00 PM CT Receipt


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Grants of up to $2,500 per campus and grants of up to $10,000 per school district to Texas public elementary and middle schools and supporting nonprofit organizations for agriculture-related activities. Funding is intended to improve students' understanding of agriculture through demonstration projects or for other projects designed to foster education and awareness of agriculture. Projects are limited only by the extent of an applicant's imagination.

Urban School Agricultural Grant funds may be used for projects such as but not limited to:
- School gardens
- Classroom agriculture projects
- Small scale livestock projects
- Field trips: Livestock shows, Farmers’ markets, Farms and ranches
- Guest speakers discussing roles in agriculture
- After school projects

Examples of eligible expenditures are:
- Personnel costs: Both salary and benefits directly related to project implementation
- Supplies and direct operating expenses: Items that cost less than $5,000 per unit with a useful life of less than one year that are directly related to the project activities.
- Contracts: agreements made with educational institutions or private parties to perform a portion of the award
- Other direct expenses: Other direct expenses that do not fall into the above categories and which are directly related to the proposed activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 124734

Estimated Size of Grant:

School districts and non-profit organizations are limited to a maximum grant award of $10,000 each; a single campus may not receive more than $2,500.

Term of Contract:

All approved grant projects will have an anticipated grant term of October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Submitted applications must benefit a Texas public elementary or middle school from an urban school district with an enrollment of at least 49,000 students.

A non-profit organization may also submit an application with the support of an eligible Texas public elementary or middle school in an eligible district where the project will be administered.

Eligible school districts, determined according to the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) 2018-2019 records for such districts can be seen at:

If a school district is not listed and you feel it meets the minimum student enrollment of 49,000, applicants may attach a TEA verification of enrollment to the application.

Beautification projects are not eligible for consideration for purposes of this RFA.

Grant funds may not be used to supplant normal business costs, but instead must be used to cover the costs incurred for the approved proposed activities

Ineligible expenses can be seen at:

Pre-Application Information:

Application timeline:
- Applications will be available April 2019
- Applications must be received by TDA before the close of business (5:00 PM CT) on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
- It is anticipated that the award will be June, 2019 (or as soon thereafter as practical)

Applications may be emailed, send in the mail or delivered by hand.

Selected projects will receive funding on a cost-reimbursement basis. Funds will not be given in advance to grantees. Grantees must have the financial capacity to pay for all costs up front.

Eligible school districts should submit a single application. The application will require the school district to list participating campus names and the requested amount per campus.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email submissions must reference the RFA title and applicant and be sent to

Hard copies may be mailed to:
Texas Department of Agriculture
Trade & Business Development- Grants
P.O. Box 12847
Austin, TX 78711

Hard copies may be delivered by hand to:
Texas Department of Agriculture
Trade & Business Development- Grants
1700 North Congress, 11th Floor
Austin, Texas 78701

For questions regarding submission of the application and/or TDA requirements, please contact the Grants Office at (512) 463-7448

Crystal Ortegon, Grant Specialist
Phone: (512) 463-9932

Angelica Soriano, Grants Specialist
(512) 463-4406

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas