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Grants to California LEAs to Improve Agriculture Programs in Grades 9-12


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USA: California

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2022-23 Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Grant

California Department of Education (CDE)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #156958

Grant Description

Grants to California local education agencies (LEAs) to support agricultural career technical education programs. Funding is intended to enhance public school programs for grades 9-12 that prepare students for college or entrance into agricultural careers. A successful agriculture education program must be based on three components: classroom instruction, Future Farmers of America (FFA) leadership activities, and Supervised Occupational Experience Projects.

The Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Grant provides local educational agencies (LEAs) with funds to improve the quality of their agricultural career technical education programs. The goal is to maintain a high-quality, comprehensive agricultural career technical program in California's public school system to ensure a constant source of employable, trained, and skilled individuals.
The programs seek to accomplish four major purposes:
  • Enable local education agencies to improve the curriculum for students enrolled in agricultural education programs through the development and implementation of (a) an integrated academic and vocational curriculum, (b) curriculum that reflects workplace needs and instruction, and (c) support services for special populations.
  • Increase the competence of future and current high school, middle grades, and regional occupational centers and programs agricultural education instructors in developing and implementing a new integrated curriculum, student and program certification systems, technical preparation strategies, and effective instructional methodologies.
  • Promote the development and use of curriculum, instructional materials, and instructional strategies that prepare students in all aspects of the agricultural industry and foster critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and academic and technical skill attainment.
  • Increase linkages between secondary and postsecondary institutions offering agricultural education programs; between academic and agricultural educators; and among agricultural educators, the agricultural industry, professional associations, and local communities.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

School districts operating approved Agricultural Education programs in secondary schools may apply. An application is required from each school site for which funds are requested. Districts submitting applications for more than one school site should submit the applications in one package. For the purposes of the Incentive Grant application, regional occupational centers and programs (ROCPs) are not considered to be school districts.

Eligible grade levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Pre-Application Information:

- Application form and announcement letters made available to local educational agencies (LEAs): March 1, 2022
- Agriculture Education & Family and Consumer Sciences Office staff available to assist LEAs: March 1–June 30, 2022
- Applications due to Regional Supervisors: June 30, 2022
- Regional Supervisors will review and summarize applications: July 1–July 30, 2022
- California Department of Education payments established and LEAs notified: September 15, 2022
- Program Enrollment Data, as completed in the Agriculture Education Tracker (AET) system must be completed: October 15, 2022
- Report of Expenditures for previous year (2021–22) due to Regional Supervisors: October 15, 2022
- Future Farmers of America (FFA) Membership Rosters, as entered in AET due to FFA Financial Services Office: October 15, 2022
- On-site LEA reviews by Regional Supervisors: October 15–December 15, 2022
- Final date for budget revisions to be submitted to Regional Supervisors: April 1, 2023
- Final 25 percent payment, based on any adjustments, released to districts and final report form and notice of payment mailed to LEAs: April 15, 2023
- Report of Expenditures for fiscal year 2022–23 due to Regional Supervisors: October 15, 2023

Districts are required to provide matching funds from non-salaried Agricultural Education programs.


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Estimated Total Program Funding:


Contact Information:

Program: High Mooney, 530-342-7541,
Fiscal: Rosalinda Jorrin, 916-319-0448,
Division: Career & College Transition Division, 916-319-0887

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