Ag Literacy Mini-Grants Available For County Farm Bureaus

10/4/2013 8:35:15 AM

White-Reinhardt Mini-Grants are offered to state and County Farm Bureaus in amounts up to $500 for classroom education programs targeting student grades K-12 to initiate new programs or expand existing programs to additional grade levels or new subject areas.

“The purpose of the mini-grants is to support projects that will expand agricultural literacy across the U.S.,” said Cathy Day, interim executive director of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

County Farm Bureaus must submit their applications to their state Farm Bureau office, and the state Farm Bureau office will then submit to the American Farm Bureau Federation for judging.

“Applications must be received by Oct. 15 at the Nebraska Farm Bureau state office in Lincoln,” said Day. “Additional information on the requirements and the application are all found on under programs. All of the applications must be submitted online.”

Mini-grants are offered on a competitive basis from state and County Farm Bureaus across the nation. Priority is given to proposed programs demonstrating a need for financial support. Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges.

Applications are judged based on the following criteria:
  • Proposed project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and energy system
  • Proposed project demonstrates a strong connection to agricultural literacy
  • Proposed project and organization include: Goals, Plan, Timeline and Budget
  • Proposed project expands reach of program/project to new grade levels or new subjects
  • Proposed project indicates an alignment to Learning Standards
  • Proposed project demonstrates need for funding
“There are two application cycles for White-Reinhardt Grants each year with the first cycle being due in October for projects taking place February through July,” said Day. “A second set of grants is awarded in April for August through December projects.”

The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a special project of the Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. It was established to honor two former chairs of that committee, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were leaders in the national effort to improve agricultural literacy.

For more information and to apply on the White-Reinhardt Mini-Grants, click here >>

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