The Missouri FFA Foundation has two grant opportunities to help Missouri high school agriculture education programs prepare the workforce to meet the future needs of the Missouri agriculture industry.
The Horizon Grants support updates or improvements needed for existing high school agriculture education programming. Schools may ask for $10,000-$20,000 in funding for projects that will enhance, replace, or expand existing facilities, equipment, lab supplies, curriculum, etc. The Horizon Grant requests should include at least a 50% local match.
The Rising Sun Grants support the launch of new high school agriculture education programs or new to the school agriculture education programming/classes. Schools may ask for $25,000-$50,000 in funding for facilities, equipment, lab supplies, curriculum, etc. A 25% local match is required.
Proposed projects for both grant programs should address at least one need and/or align with the strategies outlined in the 2020 study entitled Workforce Needs Assessment of Missouri’s Food, Agriculture and Forestry Industries.
The 2024 Horizon and Rising Sun Grants have been made possible due to generous support from the State of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Agriculture.