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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 April 15, 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 April 15, 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 April 15, 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. The link to register will be added here soon! Once you register, you will have the dial-in number and the Conference ID Number. You will need both for the call. This information will also be sent to you via email the week of the call, assuming you register in advance. Please note that you may want to join the call approximately 15 minutes prior to the start time to be connected. Hundreds of callers may participate in each call, and it takes time to gather information from each caller. Participant Dial-in Number: (800) 533-7629 2020 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

    Nominations now open.

    Farmers, nominate a school district whose science, technology, engineering and math programs could use a boost. They could win $15,000.

    Nominate now
  • A scholarship for a future ag student