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Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom (MAC) Mini-Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Schools, Farms, and
Gardening Organizations for K-12 Agriculture Projects

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Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom (MAC)

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Grants of up to $1,500 to Massachusetts schools, after-school programs, youth gardening organizations, and farms for interactive programs and activities that teach children about the food and agriculture industries and their economic and social importance.

This program aims to fund agriculture-related education projects that:

- Connect students to the local and sustainable food movement
- Provide students with hands-on experience of good agricultural practices including in the school garden
- Develop instructional materials and methods for teaching science through the lens of agriculture
- Enable students to see connections between agricultural practices and human health, nutrition, environment, community, and sustainability
- Integrate sustainable agricultural literacy into science, math, social studies, language and literature, and arts curricula
- Promote an understanding of the challenges faced by present-day farmers
- Introduce ideas in creative ways that promote agricultural literacy both inside the classroom and beyond it
- Increase knowledge and understanding of the contributions of agriculture in Massachusetts to the people of the state, the nation, and the world

Because MAC is a small, nonprofit organization, those projects that most closely fit its mission receive priority in the decision-making process.

MAC Mission Statement: To promote agricultural literacy among educators and to provide them with the skills and support to integrate agriculture into their classroom.

Previously funded programs included reading programs focused on agricultural themes, projects that explore new technologies, writing and video projects, school-wide agricultural days trips to farms, purchase of books and classroom materials such as incubators to support agricultural lessons, and more.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161816

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Most awards are between $300 and $500.
-The maximum possible award is $1,500.

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed in the 12-month period subsequent to receipt of the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MAC mini-grant awards will be considered from schools, after-school programs, farms working with schools and youth gardening organizations. Projects that involve cost-sharing and/or collaborative ventures are strongly encouraged.

MAC does not fund individuals or non-profit organizations. Mini-grants may not be used to fund salaries or honoraria, computer equipment or overhead expenses. Because we do not fund projects on a long-term, sustainable basis, an organization may receive funding from MAC a maximum of three times.

A proposal that did not receive funding the first time may be resubmitted in a later grant cycle.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for submission of proposals are April 1 and September 1, 2018.

Each award is made in two parts. 60% of the total is sent out when the award is announced. The final payment of 40% is sent out only after a final report has been received by MAC.


Contact Information:

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

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249 Lakeside Avenue
Marlborough, MA 01752

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts