Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) - Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC)
Grants of $250 and grants of up to $1,000 to Minnesota K-12 educators and agriculture education organizations partnering with a K-12 teacher to integrate agriculture and food systems education into their classroom or school curricula. The funding source defines agriculture as the industry that grows, harvests and brings us food, fiber, trees, turf and landscaping materials. It brings us almost everything we eat, wear and use each day.
Ag Literacy Grant Program Overarching Goal:
To provide cash awards to K-12 educators to encourage them to bring agriculture and food systems education "to life" by effectively integrating related content into their classroom or school. Grants are available for new ideas as well as enhancements to current events/activities. MAITC aims to fund projects that provide students the opportunity to experience agriculture in a cross-curricular manner.
- Ag Literacy Grant for Teachers:
First time applicants will have priority for funding. Grants supporting field trips to working farms or agriculture businesses are encouraged. Non-formal education applications will also be considered based on strength of application and the availability of funds.
- Ag Literacy Grant for 4-H/FFA
FFA chapters and 4-H programs are also eligible for grant funds to promote agricultural literacy with other groups (ex: elementary school). The application asks FFA and 4-H chapters to identify which National Agricultural Literacy Outcome (NALO) the grant project covers. NALO booklet can be found in Supporting Documents below.
- New: First Year Teacher Grants
To provide assistance and encouragement to new teachers, the MAITC Foundation is offering its First-year Teacher Grant. Ten, $250 grants will be awarded to first year teachers to integrate agriculture into their curriculum and classroom. Applicants are encouraged to be creative and develop an interesting, valuable agricultural experiences for your students that addresses multiple curricular areas. Examples include supplies to complete lessons found of the Curriculum Matrix, MAITC book bundles for your classroom library, field trips to farm or agriculture related sites, etc) Priority will be given to first-year teachers who attended a MAITC-led professional development workshop as a college student.
Grant Implementation Ideas
- Use grant funds to purchase needed supplies for the many lessons showcased in the Curriculum Matrix and/or AgVentures. Check the the National Ag in the Classroom estore for easy to order lesson materials.
- Learn about agriculture first in the classroom and then culminate this experience by going on field trip to a working crop and/or livestock farm.
- Learn about the farm to plate cycle first in the classroom and then culminate this experience by going on a field trip to a processing business such as a cheese plant, ethanol facility, meat processor, etc.
- FFA chapters can apply for funds to support an "Ag Day" event at the elementary school to include animal contact center, classroom presentations and interactive learning stations.
GrantWatch ID#: 163111
Ten grants will be awarded to first year teachers.
Ag Literacy Grant Program: The maximum grant request is $1,000.
First Year Teachers: $250 grants
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
- Ag Literacy Grant Application for Teachers: https://minnesota.agclassroom.org/grants/literacy_form_teachers.cfm
- Ag Literacy Grant Application for 4-H/FFA:
- Ag Literacy Grant Application for First Year Teachers:
Sue Knott, MAITC Education Specialist
Keri Sidle, MAITC Education Specialist
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155
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