SCHOOL APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN AUGUST FOR A LIST OF WINNERS.
Igniting student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can help prepare students for future success in rewarding careers.
Helping school districts enhance curriculum in these areas is easy when you spread the word: Grow Rural Education sponsored by the Monsanto Fund awards schools approximately $2.3 million annually.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
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 2, 2018.
Your school receives an application invitation code via postcard. You may then choose to apply for a grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. Chances are strong that you will be competing with fewer schools for the $10,000 grant. Last year, we awarded approximately 138 $10,000 grants and 37 $25,000 grants, so please consider if your STEM departments would be able to put a $10,000 grant to good use.
Complete and submit your application using the CyberGrants website by April 15, 2018.
From April – July grants submissions are reviewed by a panel of math and science teachers from ineligible counties reviews each application and finalists are announced.
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. The 2018 GRE Winners are announced in early August.
Grant Writing Information
For tips and tricks to writing a Grow Rural Education grant application, please see the resources below:
ROOTING FOR RURAL
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.