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School Applications are now open. Please see instructions below on how to submit an application.

Apply Now

Once a school district has received an invitation code, click here to begin the application process. Schools need to apply by May 1, 2020 to be eligible to compete for a grant.


Nominated Schools Apply Now! 

Now that you have been nominated by local farmers, your school district can apply for a $15,000 grant! The link below will take you to CyberGrants, the system we use to collect school district applications. 

Don’t forget – the deadline to complete your application is May 1, 2020!


Follow these steps to apply for a grant to enhance STEM education!


A farmer in your area nominates your school district, or you can ask farmers you know to nominate your district. One nomination is all you need to receive your invitation to apply, but more shows community support for your school district. Farmer nominations are accepted January 1 – April 1, 2020.


Your school receives an application invitation code via postcard. You may then apply for a grant of $15,000.


Compete and submit your application using the CyberGrants  website by May 1, 2020.


From May – June, grants submissions are reviewed by a panel of math and science teachers and finalists are announced by the end of June


An Advisory Council, composed of both teachers and 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. The 202018 GRE winners are announced in early August.

Grant Writing Information

For tips and tricks to writing a Grow Rural Education grant application, please attend one of our grant-writing sessions. To join one of the conference calls, you must register to participate by emailing your name, state and school district to Once you register, the dial-in number and the Conference ID Number will be sent to you via email. Conference Calls are planned for the following dates and times:

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Information Sessions

  • Friday, February 21, 2020
    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Central Time

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central Time

  • Thursday, April 2, 2020
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central Time

You can also email your program-related questions to Application questions will be answered within two business days. We strongly encourage you to review the application and ask program-related questions well in advance of the deadline.

I want to give back to my community with:

  • A donation to a local non-profit

    Meet our 2020 winners, from state to state.

    Learn how these farmers are making a difference in their communities.

    Meet our winners
  • 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.

    View our winners
  • A scholarship for a future ag student

    Grow Ag Leaders

    The next generation of great ag minds are ready to realize their dreams. They just need our support and a scholarship from Grow Ag Leaders.

    Applications open November 15!