Since 2011, we’ve partnered with farmers to help support local public school districts through math and science grants. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program offers farmers the opportunity to nominate rural public school districts to compete for merit-based grants of either $10,000 or $25,000. Eligible farmers can nominate their school district from January 1 – April 1, 2017.
After a school district receives its first nomination, the Monsanto Fund will notify the district and encourage them to design a project for the grant that enhances math and/or science education in their district. School districts are responsible for submitting a grant application describing their project, which is due by April 15, 2017. Districts that apply for a $10,000 grant will compete only with eligible school districts in their Crop Reporting District (which includes only neighboring counties). School districts that apply for a $25,000 grant will compete with eligible school districts from the entire state or region. Chances are stronger that districts will be competing with fewer districts for the $10,000 grant.
Once all of the school district applications are submitted, a panel of math and science teachers from ineligible counties review each application and select finalists. An advisory council, composed of farmer-leaders with an interest in agriculture and education, then reviews each of the finalist applications and selects the winning school districts. Grant applications will be judged based on the merit of the application, need and community support. Winners will be announced in early August, 2017.
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