Ag in the Classroom Proposal Grants

Note: The 2017-19 biennium Ag in the Classroom grant funding has closed and grants have been awarded

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and the North Dakota  Agriculture in the Classroom Council are seeking proposals for developing and conducting educational programs and materials to help young people understand the importance of agriculture in North Dakota and in their own lives.

“Agriculture in the Classroom programs help young people learn where their food comes from and how to make better food choices for themselves,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “The program provides teachers with curricula and class lesson development materials, training seminars, a magazine, website and other tools to make agriculture part of the school day.”

Goehring said about $50,000 will be available for the programs annually.Information on grant opportunities and on preparing and submitting proposals is available below or by contacting Ashley Stegeman at (701) 328-4759 or astegeman@nd.gov.

FFA Mini-Grant Program

Note: The 2017 FFA Mini-Grant period has ended. This page is for information and planning purposes.

Let your imagination be your guide as you design an exciting project to enhance agricultural education for North Dakota students inside or outside the classroom. The North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom Council, working with the North Dakota FFA Foundation, is offering mini-grants of up to $500 for use in programs that promote agricultural literacy.

This grant program is designed to offer funds for agriculturally related projects, units, and lessons used for school-age children. The mini grants will fund hands-on activities that will develop and enrich understanding of agriculture as the source of food and/or fiber in our society. Individuals or groups such as teachers, 4-H leaders, commodity groups, and others interested in teaching our young people about the importance of agriculture in North Dakota are welcome to apply.

Examples of programs that may be funded: farm safety programs, agricultural festivals, an elementary classroom visiting a nearby farm, and Ag Career Awareness Day. Grant funds can be used for printing, curriculum, guest speakers, materials, food, supplies, etc.