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Agricultural Literacy Grant


View Winners of Agricultural Literacy Grant


The new Agricultural Literacy Grant was created to help fund your most creative ideas to teach through a lens of agriculture. Submit your great idea to enhance your classroom learning and let New York Agriculture in the Classroom support your endeavor to include agriculture as a context for learning.

A single Agricultural Literacy Grant proposal can be anywhere between $10 to a maximum of $1,200. It will be important to note in your submission any matching funds available in your community for your project. There is a possibility that the selection committee may award partial funding on a project.

Schools will have one year from the date of grant acceptance to expend their funds. Two reports will be due over the course of the year, one in October of 2018 and a final report in April 2019.


Proposals for the Agricultural Literacy Grant can include, but are not limited to:

  • Funding for farm field trips
  • Purchasing agriculturally accurate books
  • Materials for classroom projects
  • Starting a courtyard chicken coop
  • Expanding your school garden project

Grant Submission:

  • Grant proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Submissions will be reviewed every two weeks (see below schedule)
  • If the funding pool runs out before May 25th, a notice will be posted on our website as calling for final proposals
  • Applications will be looked upon favorably if they outline their use of lessons from the National Agriculture in the Classroom Curriculum Matrix
Proposal Due Date Award Announcement Date
March 30, 2018 April 11, 2018
April 13, 2018 April 25, 2018
April 27, 2018 May 9, 2018
May 11, 2018 May 23, 2018
May 25, 2018 June 6, 2018


  • Certified Pre-K through 12 teachers; all subject areas
  • Currently teaching in a NYS school
  • Planning to teach in the 2018-19 school year
  • Interest in increasing comfort level and identifying resources to integrate agriculture into core content and instruction
  • Agriculture educators are not eligible to apply for this grant

Selection Process:

  • Proposals will be reviewed by a team of agricultural literacy specialists, agriculture educators, and program volunteers.
  • If deemed fit by the selection team, there is a possibility of partial funding

Please contact Katie Carpenter with any questions regarding the Agricultural Literacy Grant program at nyaitc@cornell.edu.