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Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is a unique public/private partnership between the MAITC Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
MAITC Vision: Agriculture is valued by ALL.
MAITC Mission: Increasing agricultural literacy through K-12 education.
An “agriculturally literate” person understands and can communicate the source and value of agriculture as it affects quality of life.
When developing ideas for your grant application, please consider ways you can engage students in understanding agriculture from farm to plate, and how agriculture impacts all of us within our local community, state, nation and around the world.
MAITC defines agriculture as the industry that grows, harvests and brings us food, fiber, trees, turf and landscaping materials. It brings us almost everything we eat, wear and use each day.
For 2016 the MAITC Foundation has budgeted $10,000 for grants.
The maximum grant request is $1,000.
All grant applications are due by January 1, 2016, for calendar year 2016 requests.
To provide cash awards to K-12 educators to encourage them to bring agriculture and food systems education “to life” by effectively integrating related content into their classroom or school. Grants are available for new ideas as well as enhancements to current events/activities. MAITC aims to fund projects that provide students the opportunity to experience agriculture in a cross-curricular manner. We strongly encourage teachers to utilize the many educational resources provided by MAITC free of charge.
First time applicants will have priority for funding. Grants supporting field trips to working farms or agriculture businesses are encouraged. Priority will be given to applications that focus on Minnesota’s agricultural production major plant and animal commodities such as corn, soybeans, dairy, beef, pork and poultry. Non-formal education applications will also be considered based on strength of application and the availability of funds.
FFA chapters and 4-H programs are also eligible for grant funds. Applications submitted by these groups should show a partnership with a K-12 classroom teacher(s) outside of the school’s agricultural education program.
All grants will be evaluated by a Grant Review Committee. Please allow a minimum of three weeks following the deadline for review and notification. MAITC reserves the right to deny an application based on quality, adherence to grant criteria and/or available dollars.
It is important that you complete the application with sufficient detail and rigor. Poorly thought out or incomplete applications will be denied! Please also provide a detailed budget. Specifically, we encourage you to pursue matching funds or other in-kind support from other sources to strengthen your application. Please list any such support on your application.
The Minnesota Soybean Promotion Council is providing $1,600 as part of the MAITC Ag Literacy Grant Program. In order to be eligible for these funds grant projects must be specific to soybeans. Consider this option. Minnesota farmers grow about 7.5 million acres of soybeans that are used for feeding livestock, biodiesel fuel and many food ingredients. Here are some soybean specific ideas to consider:
Al Withers, Program Director
Phone: 651-201-6688 • Fax: 651-201-6117
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org