spark a passion in stem one student at a time

Grant Application Deadline is now closed.

See below for a list of finalist school districts.

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 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 2020 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.

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