awarding deserving school districts

The Monsanto Fund gift for the Grow Rural Education program is especially generous.

As such, schools must spend the time communicating where the grant will go to help fund projects that enhance STEM curriculum. Here’s what’s to be expected.


Eligible farmers fill out a form to nominate a public school district in their community during the application period at:


After a school district receives its first nomination, the Monsanto Fund notifies the district and encourages them to design a project for the grant that enhances STEM education in their district.


School districts are responsible for submitting a grant application describing their project.


Once all of the school district applications are submitted, a panel of math and science teachers from ineligible counties reviews each application and selects finalists.


Finally, an advisory council, composed of farmer-leaders with an interest in agriculture and education, reviews each of the finalist applications and selects the winning school districts. Grant applications are judged based on the merit of the application, need and community support.


When a single seed is planted, the yields can be incredible. And with the help of farmers, those returns can have a long-term impact on rural communities. That’s what the America’s Farmers programs, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, are dedicated to – partnering with farmers to strengthen rural communities. With your support, we can bring to life the funding to help further a college dream, a donation to help a local nonprofit, or the technology needed for a school STEM program. Do you know a student, school or nonprofit in your town that’s deserving? With just a few clicks today, you can help plant the seed of support and see amazing things grow.

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  • A donation to a local non-profit

    Celebrating nearly 10 years of Grow Communities!

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  • A grant to grow innovation in schools

    We have our winning school districts, from state to state.

    Join us in celebrating the farmers who nominated them and the teachers who inspire young minds to achieve their dreams.

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  • A scholarship for a future ag student

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    Know a student who will contribute to the future of agriculture? Read more to learn about a $1,500 ag scholarship.

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