Grant Money is Available for Florida Teachers

Aug. 12, 2014

Gainesville, Fla.–Pre-K, elementary, middle and high school teachers can grow their project budgets for their classrooms by teaching their students about agriculture.

Florida Farm Bureau Federation is offering multiple $250 mini-grants to certified Florida educators who are engaged in classroom instruction at the pre-K to 12th grade levels for the 2014-15 school year. The grants will be awarded for up to $250 for original and creative activities or programs that increase the understanding of agriculture among both students and educators.

“Agriculture has no subject boundaries,” said Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Coordinator Michael Rogalsky. “We encourage teachers to think outside the box when integrating agriculture into their curriculum. Subject areas such as social studies, math, language arts and science are all important to agriculture and teachers that build agriculture into these subjects are encouraged to apply for the grant.”

Grant applications are due Oct. 1.  Recipients of the grant will be notified no later than Nov. 15 via email.  Educators can apply for the grant by visiting http://www.floridafarmbureau.org/programs/teacher_mini_grants.

The Mini-Grant Program is part of the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee’s commitment to support agricultural education in classrooms across Florida.  A total of up to $9,500 will be awarded in mini-grants throughout the 2014-15 school year.  Last year, 42 Florida teachers received grant funding for their agricultural projects. Florida Farm Bureau has awarded more than $150,000 in total grants toward promoting agriculture in the classroom since the program’s inception in 1998.

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