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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 2019 and a final report in April 2020.


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
  • and more!

Grant Submission:

Proposal Due Date Award Announcement Date
March 8, 2019 March 20, 2019
March 22, 2019 April 3, 2019
April 5, 2019 April 17, 2019
April 19, 2019 May 1, 2019


  • Certified Pre-K through 12 teachers; all subject areas
  • Currently teaching in a New York State school
  • Planning to teach in the 2019-20 school year
  • Pre-service teachers are eligible to apply for the grant to support their student teaching efforts
  • Interest in increasing comfort level and identifying resources to integrate agriculture into core content and instruction
  • Past winners of the Agricultural Literacy Grant are eligible to apply

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
  • Feedback will be given to unsuccessful submissions and applicants will be able to resubmit on the next due date

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

View 2018 Winners of Agricultural Literacy Grant