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Grow Rural Education Entry Period Now Open!

Do you know of a deserving local school district that’s passionate about rural education? As jobs in ag-related fields become more important, so does the importance of STEM education in rural areas.

Starting Jan. 1, eligible farmers can nominate the public school district of their choice for the change to receive a $10,000 or $25,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer.

Each year, Grow Rural Education awards $2.3 million in science, technology, engineering and math grants. Once a public school district has been nominated, it can submit an application to compete for grants that help fund projects that enhance STEM curriculum.

When kids get excited about STEM, they set themselves up for a brighter future. From increasing female representation in STEM through a Girls Gone Geek program to purchasing new labs and equipment, Grow Rural Education grants have already changed the lives of so many students. American farmers — could your local school district be next?

Entries from eligible farmers will be accepted from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1 through 5 p.m. CT on Monday, April 1. Eligible school districts can submit entries from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1 through 9:00 p.m. CT on Monday, April 15.

If you’re interested in submitting an application, take a look at the program’s official rules to get started.