CHS Classroom Grant

Due: September 15, 2017

Thank you for your interest in applying for one of the 15 CHS/National Agriculture in the Classroom's Classroom Grants. The $500 grants will be awarded to kindergarten through 12th grade core education teachers whose innovative classroom projects use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science and/or social studies. The deadline for grant proposals is September 15, 2017. Recipients will be notified by email in October 2017.

Grant Requirements:

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 fifteen grants will be required to use at least two lesson plans from the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix or two lesson plans from a state Agriculture in the Classroom program. In addition, grant proposals must demonstrate how local farmers, ranchers or agriculture industry representatives will be involved in the project. Grant reviewers will use this CHS Grant Rubric. CHS will highlight the winning classroom grants at its annual meeting in December 2017.


  • Grant proposals must be submitted online by midnight (PST) September 15, 2017.
  • Awards will be announced via email October 2017
  • A final report due to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization by June 1, 2018.

Eligible Applicants:

Certified, core academic 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.

Funding Guidelines:

  • Fifteen $500 grants will be awarded.
  • Grant money for school gardens can be used to purchase the following items:
    • Seeds (fruits and vegetables)
    • Soil
    • Plants (fruits and vegetables)
    • Fertilizer
    • 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.

Grant Requirements:

  • 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 1, 2018. Photos will be required in the submission and signed photo release forms must be included.

CHS Classroom Grant Application

If you have questions regarding this grant or application, please contact Lisa Gaskalla.

It is expected that completing this form will take you between 30-60 minutes. You may NOT save your work and come back to this application; if you leave this page without submitting, the content will be lost. Please note that in addition to the application form you will also need to submit one letter of support using the buttons below the form. This means you submit the form, and then attached and submit the letter.

You are encouraged to scroll below, peruse the questions, and collect the necessary info prior to completing the form below.

After you have submitted the application above, please enter your name and state below and then upload your one letter of support.