Grants of up to $1,000 to USA state and county farm bureaus for K-12 classroom agricultural literacy projects and programs. Funding may be requested to start new or expand existing agricultural literacy programs. The intent is to build capacity by funding items that can be used repeatedly. All applications must be for agricultural literacy programs. This program is not to address farm safety education.
Enhance learner engagement in today’s food, fiber, and fuel system
Creatively engage students in a manner that encourages them to learn more about agriculture
Have a complete narrative and include well thought out plan, goals, timeline, and budget
Expand on current agricultural literacy efforts (additional grades, audiences, new subjects, etc.)
Indicate specifically how the project aligns with The Pillars of Agricultural Literacy. Information about The Pillars of Agricultural Literacy can be found at: https://www.agfoundation.org/pillars
Grants are offered to state and county Farm Bureaus.
Both county Farm Bureaus and state Farm Bureaus in the same state are eligible to apply. Each county Farm Bureau may submit only one application for a county project. Each state Farm Bureau may submit only one application for a statewide project in addition to any county projects (one per county).
Grant payments can be made only to a state or county Farm Bureau. Payments cannot be made to individuals or to other organizations.
Funding is not available for mileage, field trips, wages and benefits, safety programs or one-time consumable products such as copying, paper, seeds or meals. The intent is to build capacity by funding items that can be used repeatedly.
Grant Application Timeline:
There will be one application cycle per year that will occur during the summer.
- Applications will be due June 16.
- AFBFA will send applications to State Farm Bureau’s for approval on June 20.
- State Farm Bureaus have until June 28 to approve grants.
- Recipients will be notified on or around July 3.
- Initial funding will be issued the beginning of August.
- Reports will be due by June 28, 2024 and final payments processed.
- Grant applications must be completed and submitted via online submission. The Foundation will send applications to the state Farm Bureau administrator or agricultural literacy coordinator for approval.
- Applications to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture must be approved by their respective State Farm Bureau by June 28 for this year’s program.
- Those projects selected for grants will receive one-half of the grant at the beginning of the project and the balance upon completion of the project and submission of a final written report to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.