Foundation / Corporation
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom
Grants of $500 to Oklahoma PreK-12 educators for programs that integrate agricultural literacy into the classroom curriculum. Projects must support students' understanding of the fiber and food system. Funding may be used for teaching supplies, food items for lesson activities, classroom equipment, and children's books.
Project objectives must promote students' understanding of the food and fiber system and support the use of the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program in the overall classroom curriculum. Because the primary purpose for this grant is to encourage use of the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program, project proposals must be directly related to Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom lessons and activities. A list of Ag in the Classroom lessons, and the activities to go with the lessons, are required.
Acceptable uses for grant funds include:
Note: All activities must be linked to specific Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom lessons.
- Teaching supplies for use in teaching Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom lessons.
- Food items for use with Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom lessons activities, including recipes found in the Food and
Fun section of the website, or in the Fruits, Nuts, and Veggies, Oh My Booklet. Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom and the Oklahoma Pork Council support the promotion of healthy food choices for students. When requesting food items, please consider the health benefits of the foods you are offering your students.
- Children's books about agriculture. (Include book titles and explain how the books will support teaching specific Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom lessons.)
- Equipment for use in teaching lessons from the OAITC website, including incubators, sewing machines, hot plates, convection ovens, lab equipment, etc. Funding for purchase of equipment will be limited to applicants who partner with other teachers in the building and whose proposals include more than one lesson, reflecting a familiarity with lessons and resources available on the website and a commitment to the OAITC program. Please take time to look at the lessons and identify all that will support your proposal.
What kinds of proposals are most likely to be funded?
- Projects whose aim is to incorporate Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom into the curriculum on a regular basis throughout the school term, e.g., purchasing materials to conduct OAITC lessons. Proposals that include multiple lessons are more likely to be funded than those listing only one lesson. In addition, proposals that reflect familiarity with the lessons found on the website are more likely to be funded.
- Proposals from applicants who have attended an Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom training. Training is required before an applicant will be considered. Please contact one of our professional development coordinators to learn about opportunities in your area or to arrange for training in your school.
- Projects that are innovative and interdisciplinary, with a strong emphasis on hands-on and visual learning.
- Projects that involve collaborations among teachers within the same school.
- Projects that include a partnership within the agricultural community beyond the school classroom. Partners might include the local Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service educator, an agricultural agency such as Oklahoma Farm Bureau, American Farmers and Ranchers, Oklahoma CattleWomen or other related group. For information about potential local partnerships, contact your local Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service office.
GrantWatch ID#: 149414
Six grants will be awarded.
Grants will be awarded in the amount of $500 each.
The project must be concluded by August 15 of the following year for fall semester grants and by December 15 of the same year for spring semester grants.
Grants are available to PreK-12 educators in Oklahoma working in public or private schools and to Oklahoma educators who work with students, grades PreK-12, in nonformal educational settings, e.g., after school programs, alternative education programs, 4-H clubs, etc. Applicants must have received AITC training through one of the professional development opportunities.
Funding cycles correspond with school semesters. The application deadline for the fall semester is September 15. Deadline for the spring semester is February 15. Checks for the fall semester will be delivered between October 15 and November 15. Checks for the spring semester will be delivered between March 15 and April 15.
Educators may apply for one grant in the fall and/or spring; however, priority will be given to qualified proposals from applicants who have not previously received project funding. Teachers within the same school are encouraged to work together on grant projects in order to get maximum benefit from the funding.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://goo.gl/forms/6Bi8CfCBsOSkJfWJ3
Send applications electronically to: email@example.com
Mail applications to:
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom;
ATTN Audrey Harmon;
205 4-H Youth Development Building;
Oklahoma State University;
Stillwater, OK 74078