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CHS Foundation Classroom Grants

CHS Foundation/National Agriculture in the Classroom Grant Application Form

Thank you for your interest in applying for one of the 15 CHS Foundation/National Agriculture in the Classroom's Classroom Grants. The $500 grants will be awarded to kindergarten through 12th grade general education teachers whose innovative classroom projects use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science and/or social studies. The online application is available below.

Grant Requirements:

The CHS Foundation 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 involve a local farmer, rancher or agriculture industry representative in the project.

Timeline:

  • The deadline for grant proposals is September 15, 2018 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Grant proposals will be accepted as online submissions only.
  • Applicants will be notified via email by in October.
  • An online final report due to National Agriculture in the Classroom by June 30.

Eligible Applicants:

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 are eligible. Teachers themselves must apply. Applications submitted on behalf of teachers will not be accepted.

Funding Guidelines:

  • 15 $500 grants will be awarded.
  • Grant money can be used for classroom or schoolyard gardens. However, because of food safety concerns, animal waste/manure is not to be used on edible plants in school gardens. As for the use of compost, applicants must follow safe handling guidelines for any compost that may be used in conjunction with this school garden to reduce the risk of plant and human disease-causing organisms. These organisms are killed when internal temperatures are maintained between 130-170 degrees F over a period of several days. Additional information about composting and national and state resources can be found here.
  • 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 documented in the grant application.
  • An online final report is due to National Agriculture in the Classroom no later than June 30. Please upload photos from the project and signed copies of photo release forms for students appearing in the photos.

Grant Rubric:

Please see Grant Rubric to understand how judges will score the application.