Education Grants Program - 2015
MAITC is pleased to announce the return of the Grant Program for 2015. The Maine Agriculture Specialty License plate revenues make funds available again this year! Many thanks to these license plate owners! Schools and other non-profit agriculture education initiatives across the state may apply for this competitive funding. This year (2014) 36 programs were funded across the state in amounts ranging from $1,000 - $3,000.
2015 Requests for Applications are now available!
The deadline for submission of 2015 applications - 4:00 PM on June 10, 2015.
Click links below to view/download the 2015 Requests for Applications
- 2015 Agriculture Awareness Grants - Up to $1,000
- 2015 Agriculture Leadership Grants - Up to $1,000
- 2015 Agriculture Awareness Grants for - Up to $3,000
- 2015 School Garden & Greenhouse Grants - Up to $3,000
School Gardens & Greenhouses Checklist
Sample School Garden Integrated Pest Management Plan
- 2015 Grant Cover Page (For all Grant Categories)
This grant program is made possible by the Maine Agricultural Specialty License Plate.
Overview of 2014 MAITC Grants Funded
Agriculture Leadership Grants up to $1,000
- Oxford Hills Technical School FFA – Advisor, Al Schaeffer
To send FFA winning team on to compete at the Big E.
- Maine FFA Association – Advisor, Doug Robertson
To send state FFA officers to Eastern States Expo
- Ashland District School FFA – Advisor, Janet Perry
To compete at the Big E and tour New England Ag sites
Sanford Regional Technical Center – Advisor, Katie Osediacz
To fund travel for a new FFA group.
- Caribou Technical Center – Teacher, Casey Cote
To start a Community Supported Agriculture Program
- ME Assn of Conservation Districts - Rebecca Jacobs
To support Envirothon
- Little Beavers 4-H Club – Leader, Marilyn Schofield
To send 4-Hers to visit Agricultural colleges in New England
- Presque Isle High School FFA – Advisor, John Hoffses
To attend the Big E and visit Maine farms.
Agricultural Awareness Grants - $1,000
- Albert S Hall School, Waterville – Teacher, Mary Dunn
To bring local farmers and foods to students
- Atwood Primary School, Oakland – Teacher, Tammy Pullen
To start a small garden & build a chicken coop.
- Hunger Free York County - Allison Hopkins
To buy and teach students about fresh, local foods
- Holbrook Middle School, Holden – Teacher, Maddy Roberts
To continue the school garden project started with a MAITC grant in 2012
- Wells High School – Teacher, Elisa Allen Beriau
For Field trips, farm products and lab activities for dual credit course "Principles of Sustainable Agriculture" for high school and college credit
- RSU#20, Swanville – Teacher, Patricia Ferrintino
To start a small veggie program.
- The New School, Kennebunk – Teacher, Marilyn Wentworth
To tour and learn from local farmers & markets
- Maine Farm to School Network - Ken Morse
To support the Maine Farm To School Conference
- R.W.Traip Academy, Kittery – Dr. Maury Hepner
To purchase plants & compost for their permaculture garden
- Milbridge Elementary School – Teacher, Suzen Polk-Hoffses
To visit local farms
School Garden & Greenhouse Grants – Up to $3,000
- RSU#2, Monmouth – Principal, Deborah Emery
To explore agriculture through the use of their school greenhouse and connections to local farms
- Pemetic Elementary, Southwest Harbor – Teacher, Bonnie Burne
Grant will be added to funding from the Maine Community Fund to build a year-round greenhouse which will be integrated into the core curriculum of all classes at the school, K – 8th grade.
- MSAD#15, Gray/New Gloucester – Teacher, Morgan Kerr
To implement a school garden program and outdoor classroom.
- Portland Arts and Technology H.S. – Teacher, Kathy Tarpo
To expand the aquaponics program
- Hermon Middle School – Teacher, Shane Barker
For a hoop house to cover previously installed raised beds.
- Brunswick High School – Teacher, Jon Riggleman
Will work with at risk teens in the topics of food security, gardening and farming.
Agricultural Awareness Grants – Up to $3,000
- Leavitt Area High School – Teacher, Sharon Hathaway
To support fieldtrips and collaborations for high school students and local farmers. A yearlong course that involves local farmers, internships, a field day and exposure to careers and local foods and farms. This year a dual credit program will be added for college credit.
MSAD#15 Pre K, Gray-New Gloucester – Teacher, Kelly Burgess
To add farm fieldtrips and agricultural activities to the 3 classrooms for 90+ Pre-K students over the school year.
- Healthy Communities of the Capital Area – FoodCorp Service Member, Andrea Snow
To support the FoodCorp service member's initiatives in 3 school districts.
- Edward Little High School – Teacher, Kimberly Finnerty
To teach 90+ High School chemistry students through the use of living classroom experiences in agriculture.
- University of Maine Child Study Center – Teacher, Kevin Duplissie
To teach preschool and college students about agriculture through a year-long program including fieldtrips and experiential learning activities.
- Cumberland Farmers Club Exhibit Hall - Carolyn Small
To support Ag Day at Cumberland Fair
- Re-Tree US - Richard Hodges
To conduct grafting workshops at 5 Maine high schools with established orchards.
- Maranacook Community School, Readfield – Teacher, Pat Stanton
To support the Dual credit “Principles of Sustainable Agriculture” and alternative education agriculture programs.
Northeast Livestock Expo, Windsor Fairgrounds - Cindy Kilgore
To support the NELE Kid's Day Educational event.
- Opportunity Alliance, Portland/Westbrook – Teachers, Sarah Swenson, Suzie Berzinis & J'Aime Walker
To provide fieldtrips andactivities for Pre K students in Westbrook.
- ME Assn of Conservation Districts, Hancock County - Megan Facciolo
To support the Educational Farm Tours program.
- RSU#52, Leavitt HS fiberarts - Marcia Martin
To support fieldtrips and materials for a fiberarts class.