grants & awards
2017 Ag Literacy Grant Program Application
MINNESOTA AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM (MAITC)
2017 Ag Literacy Grant Program Application
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is a unique public/private partnership between the MAITC Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. For 2017 the MAITC Foundation has budgeted $10,000 for grants. The maximum grant request is $1,000.
MAITC Vision: Agriculture is valued by ALL.
MAITC Mission: Increasing agricultural literacy through K-12 education.
An "agriculturally literate" person understands and can communicate the source and value of agriculture as it affects quality of life.
When developing ideas for your grant application, please consider ways you can engage students in understanding agriculture from farm to plate, and how agriculture impacts all of us within our local community, state, nation and around the world.
MAITC 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. We strongly encourage teachers to utilize the many educational resources provided by MAITC free of charge. Find them at here.
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). There is a separate application form for FFA and 4-H programs. The application asks FFA and 4-H chapters to identify which National Agricultural Literacy Outcome (NALO) the grant project covers. Applications submitted by these groups should show a partnership with a K-12 classroom teacher(s) outside of the school's agricultural education program.
NALO booklet can be found here: https://www.agclassroom.org/get/doc/NALObooklet.pdf.
NEW THIS YEAR: FIRST YEAR TEACHER GRANTS
We know that first-year teachers face many exciting opportunities and challenges. To provide assistance and encouragement to new teachers, the MAITC Foundation is offering our 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.
Application and Review Process
Our online grant application is available: Ag Literacy Grant Application for Teachers, Ag Literacy Grant Application for 4-H/FFA and First Year Teacher Grant Application. All grants will be evaluated by a Grant Review Committee. MAITC staff is not involved in funding decisions. Please allow a minimum of three weeks following the deadline for review and notification. MAITC reserves the right to deny an application based on quality, adherence to grant criteria and/or available dollars.
Important Grant Judging Criteria
It is important that you complete the application with sufficient detail and rigor. Poorly thought out or incomplete applications will be denied! Please also provide a detailed budget. Specifically, we encourage you to pursue matching funds or other in-kind support from other sources to strengthen your application. Please list any such support on your application.
Grant Implementation Ideas
- 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.
- Combine nutrition, science and geography to learn about the plants and animals needed to make a pizza; culminate this lesson with a pizza party project discussing the ingredients.
- Use grant funds to purchase needed supplies for the many lessons showcased in the Curriculum Matrix and/or AgVentures.
- 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.