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Literacy for Life Grants

Grants and an Award to California K-12 Teachers for
Classroom Projects that Promote Agricultural Literacy

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California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC)

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Grants of up to $500 and one award of $1,000 to California K-12 educators to improve agricultural learning experiences in their classrooms. Funding is intended for projects in the areas of science, outreach, nutrition, and educational field trips. Projects must support the integration of agriculture studies into classroom instruction.

One applicant may be selected to receive an additional $1,000 award and be named the Foundation's "Outstanding Educator of the Year." 

Project ideas for inspiration:


  • Host a farm day for a local elementary school.
  • Host an agricultural careers day at your school.
  • Celebrate National Agriculture Day with a field trip or class speaker about agriculture's impact in California.
  • Set up a pen pal program with another county or state. Have students write letters to their pals to learn about agriculture in different geographical locations.
  • Host an agriculture-based assembly for the entire school.

Field Trips

  • Visit a production farming operation, greenhouse or nursery.
  • Tour your local farmers market while learning about the commodities that are grown in your area.
  • Visit an agriculture trade show such as the World Ag Expo or a county fair.


  • Grow a pizza garden! Have students plant and harvest vegetables to make a pizza.
  • Choose a fruit or vegetable that can be picked in season and preserved for later enjoyment. Research the preservation process and have students create a poster to illustrate it.
  • Purchase materials to implement a CFAITC lesson plan.
  • Purchase agriculture-related literature from CFAITC Teacher Resource Guide for the school library.
  • Build a chicken coop and study the process of egg formation.


  • Perform taste tests in your classroom to educate students about the health benefits of fruits and vegetables.
  • Compare the look, taste, and smell of organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Have students research both farming practices and record their observations in a chart or diagram.
  • Have students select a commodity, state the nutritional benefits and then research the by-products that are made from that commodity. Bring the commodities in for a classroom presentation.

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GrantWatch ID#: 149415

Number of Grants:

The Literacy for Life Grants will be awarded to 25 educators. A minimum of two will be provided to agricultural educators. One applicant may be named the Foundation's

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Literacy for Life Grants will be awarded with a maximum of $500 each.

One applicant may be selected to receive an additional $1,000 award and be named the Foundation's "Outstanding Educator of the Year."

Term of Contract:

The proposed grant project must be completed within the 2019-2020 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Literacy for Life Grants are available to certified California K-12 teachers.

Pre-Application Information:

- Grant applications must be submitted online by October 1, 2019
- Grant recipients will be announced online November 1, 2019.
- Selected educators will receive funding in December 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
2600 River Plaza Drive, Suite 220
Sacramento, CA 95833-3293

Phone: 916-561-5625 or 800-700-AITC (2482)
Fax: 916-561-5697

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California