CHS Classroom Grants for $500 Available to U.S. Teachers
U.S. teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade who have projects that will use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, science, social studies and more are eligible for 15 $500 CHS Classroom Grants now available on the National Agriculture in the Classroom website. The grants can be used for plant or animal science projects such as school gardens or embryology projects, for example. The deadline for applications is September 15. The grants are being made available thanks to funding from the CHS Foundation, Inc., which is a national farmer cooperative.
The CHS Classroom Grant Program is designed to fund projects that will educate K-12 students about the importance of agriculture and allow teachers to use agricultural concepts to teach core subject areas. Those who receive one of the 15 grants will be required to use at least two lessons from the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix on the National Agriculture in the Classroom website at www.agclassroom.org or from their state Agriculture in the Classroom program. In addition, grant proposals must demonstrate how they will involved a local farmer, rancher or agriculture industry representative in the project. CHS will highlight the winning classroom grants at its annual meeting in December 2017.
- Grant proposals must be submitted online beginning July 18, 2016.
- The deadline for proposals is September 15, 2016.
- Applicants will be notified via email by October. 1, 2016.
- Final report due to National Agriculture in the Classroom by June 16, 2017.
Certified teachers engaged in classroom instruction at the kindergarten through 12th grade level who wish to use agricultural concepts to teach core subject areas and enhance students’ understanding of agriculture.
- 15 $500 grants will be awarded.
- Grant money can be used for classroom or schoolyard gardens. However, because of food safety concerns, compost and/or animal waste is not to be used on edible plants in school gardens.
- Grant money for school gardens can be used to purchase the following items:
- Seeds (fruits and vegetables)
- Plants (fruits and vegetables)
- Raised bed materials
- Greenhouse materials
- Hydroponics materials
- Irrigation/watering system materials
- Grant money can be used for animal science projects involving embryology, aquaculture or ranch-related projects, field trips or farm tours.
- Grant money cannot be used for salary or compensation.
- Grant money cannot be used for clothing, promotional items or giveaway items.
- Grant check will be made payable to the school, not to an individual.
- Grant checks not cashed within 60 days after receipt will become null and void.
- K-12 students must be directly involved in project.
- Use of lessons from the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix and/or state Agriculture in the Classroom programs must be described in the application and final report. Teachers will be asked to demonstrate the use of these lessons by completing a ‘Lesson Plan Reflection’ that describes the number of instructional hours and students involved, the type of teaching strategies used, additional activities presented and evidence that students understood the objectives of the lesson plan at the end of the project.
- A budget outline and timeline must be included with your application.
- Some amount of in-kind or monetary contributions must be secured before receiving the grant.
- A final report is due to National Agriculture in the Classroom no later than June 16, 2017. Teachers will need to certify that photo releases are on file for students pictured, and that their image can be used in grant promotion or reports.