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Agriculture in the Classroom (US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture)

Agriculture in the Classroom seeks proposals to support a national network of state and local organizations providing programs to increase agricultural literacy for kindergarten through grade 12 students, teachers, and educators. The scope of work includes the following components:

• Deliver conferences and professional development opportunities for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers and educators.
• Develop curriculum resources particularly focused on middle school and high school youth.
• Develop grant applications for research and evaluation projects.
• Promote partnerships and collaborations, targeting underachieving schools.
• Provide logistical support for recognition and teacher awards programs.
• Support the national center for agricultural literacy. Maintain a national website and curriculum database. Develop and disseminate national publications and educational resources.

Eligible applicants are state agricultural experiment stations; state cooperative extension services; all colleges and universities; other research or educational institutions or organizations; and federal and private agencies, organizations, and individuals. Cost sharing and matching are not required. Applications must be submitted online.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)

Award: One cooperative agreement of $500,000 is awarded for the first year, with potential for a total of five years of funding.

Deadline: Applications are due May 1.


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