Ag Ed Grant Applications Are Due April 16

Ag Ed Grant Applications Are Due April 16

$73,000 is available from the Minnesota Ag Ed Leadership Council.

The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council says April 16 is the application deadline for its spring round of Priority Issues Grants and Quality Grants.

Grants, totaling $73,000, are open to all ag literacy, secondary, post-secondary and farm business management programs. They may be for individual institutions or for collaborative efforts between two or more institutions. Individuals or groups within an organization or institution may apply for grants through a sponsoring institution. All applications should be submitted directly to the MAELC office and postmarked before or on April 16.

Grants are focused to assist Agricultural Education programs in the following priority areas:

Ag Ed Grant Applications Are Due April 16

Primary/Secondary:

1. Align and enhance agricultural education courses for effective integration of science, math and economics standards and principles.  Projects could include:  Curriculum development, in-service, equipment/supplies, cooperative efforts within the school or among secondary, postsecondary and business, CASE curriculum training and College in the Schools.

2. Programs that work with the local, regional, national and international community along with business on preparing the future work force for agricultural education and agriculture careers.

3. Programs that encourage a healthy local, national and international economy through agricultural education and agricultural business endeavors. 

4. Encourage agriculture and related studies graduates to enter the profession with "fast track" licensure programs.

Post-Secondary & Farm Business Management

5. Programs that recruit, retain and transition instructors at the, postsecondary, and adult farm management levels including teacher transition between secondary, FBM and postsecondary positions.  This would be an opportunity for a secondary school district or a technical/community college to apply for money to help smooth the transition between retirements and new hires.  This may include a shadow period where the new hire works with the existing instructor.  Grants could also be used to encourage agriculture and related studies graduates to enter the profession with "fast track" licensure programs.

6. Programs that work with the local, regional, national and international community along with business on preparing the future work force for agricultural education and agriculture careers.

7. Programs that encourage a healthy local, national and international economy through agricultural education and agricultural business endeavors. 

8. Initiate implementation of new or expanding agricultural education programs. Projects could include: Independent study courses, "J" term courses, summer session courses, establishment of new programs, additional instructors and articulation with MnSCU and the University of Minnesota.

9. Encourage agriculture and related studies graduates to enter the profession with "fast track" licensure programs.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resource Literacy

10. These grants are to promote agricultural, food and natural resource literacy initiatives across Minnesota in both formal and non-formal educational settings.  Education institutions, nonprofit institutions, and government agencies are eligible to apply.  Priority is given to grants that promote agricultural education to new audiences and projects that partner with other organizations. 

Grant recipients will be notified of awards in May. Unless otherwise specified in the grant application, the deadline for awarded grants to be completed will be eighteen months from the award date.

For more information, please contact Julie Tesch, MAELC executive director, at (612) 624-6249, or email, [email protected]

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